Community reacts to Hawkins’ death, remember the Suns ‘great hero’
The Valley was hit with some tough news Saturday morning.
Phoenix Suns great Connie Hawkins passed away Friday night at the age of 75.
Hawkins is regarded as the Suns’ first superstar and is one of 15 people in the team’s Ring of Honor. He is also a Basketball Hall of Famer, and according to the Suns, he “helped put Phoenix on the map.”
The Suns are beginning their 50th season of existence, and thus are celebrating great members from the franchise from each of the team’s five decades.
Against the Orlando Magic on Nov. 10, the Suns had already planned to give out Connie Hawkins bobbleheads for its 1960s-70s Decade Night.
The Phoenix community, and the world for that matter, reacted with remembrance and praise to the death of one of the best players in the NBA’s early history.