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NBA Pioneer Connie Hawkins Dead At 75

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An NBA legend — and one of the sport's first great leapers in an era far before today's slam dunk artists — has died.

Connie Hawkins played seven years in the NBA and several more in the ABA, including four All-Star seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

He was 75 years old.

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The exceptional athlete helped revolutionize the game in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and in his career he completely changed how players scored by sowing off long strides, incredible jumping ability, and those sweet, sweet dunks.

The Suns released a statement on Hawkins' death (below):

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