Spencer Haywood
Basketball player
Spencer Haywood
Spencer Haywood is a retired American professional basketball player.
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Sports of The Times: Early Entry? One and Done? Thank Spencer Haywood for the Privilege
NYTimes - 8 months
In 1971, Spencer Haywood sued for the chance to join the draft without completing four years of college. Now he is pushing for the rule that allows underclassmen into the N.B.A. to bear his name.
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Spencer Haywood Documentary Explores Rocky Relationship with NBA
Huffington Post - 10 months
Former NBA player Spencer Haywood was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last September, but few know the story behind his struggle to attain the accolade. Full Court, a new documentary making its way around the festival circuit, reveals a fascinating look at the ex-NBA All-Star player's landmark court case against the league and the aftermath. Prior to stints with the New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, Haywood challenged the NBA's "four-year rule," which stated that players could not enter the league until they were four years removed from high school. Haywood's spent the '69-'70 season with the ABA, but it meant he couldn't return to the collegiate level. Not old enough to play in the NBA, Haywood found himself unable to earn a living and support his mother. Haywood felt he had no choice but to challenge the NBA. Haywood signed with the Seattle SuperSonics prior to the age requirement and sued the NBA, taking his case all the way to the U.S. Supre ...
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Mutombo among finalists for Hall of Fame
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Defensive wizard Dikembe Mutombo was named one of 12 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, while Australian player and coach Lindsay Gaze was one of five elected to the Hall by select committees. Mutombo, the shot-blocking Congolese center who was honored four times as NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was among six players, five coaches and a referee to make the short list for possible election in 2015. He was joined by seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, Tim Hardaway, Spencer Haywood and Kevin Johnson, and three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie among players up for consideration.
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Spencer Haywood on Kennedy assassination
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Spencer Haywood would become an Olympic basketball hero, then a superstar in the old ABA and then the NBA. Sometimes the members would line up caddies on the driving range, 40 yards from the tees, and take target practice. Haywood knew nothing of politics and little of the civil rights movement, but he knew the whites hated John Kennedy. "Several of the club members ran out of the clubhouse like the place was on fire, yelling and yahooing," Haywood wrote in his autobiography, co-authored 20 years ago by yours truly. TorontoSports fans love to boo politicians, but at a Toronto Argonauts game, home fans cheered Mayor Rob Ford, an admitted crack smoker and boozehound, accused sexual predator and loose-cannon buffoon. During a City Council debate over stripping Ford of his power, the massive mayor collided with an elderly councilwoman, who wound up on the floor. Hey, fellas, if you have any money left, send a few bucks to a fund for the care of destitute and brain-damaged former NFL ...
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Toivonen USA:n junior college -kentille - Sportti.com
Google News - over 5 years
Junior college on ollut myös monelle amerikkalaiselle koripalloilijalle ponnahduslauta yliopistoliiga NCAA:han ja sieltä aina NBA:han asti. Tunnetuimpia junior collegessa pelanneita amerikkalaiskoripalloilijoita ovat Spencer Haywood, Larry Johnson,
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College Basketball Power Rankings: The 50 Greatest Mid-Major Players of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The college game only benefited from one season's worth of Spencer Haywood, but what a season it was. The high-flying 6'8” PF (already an Olympic gold medalist at the time) racked up 32.1 points and 22.1 rebounds per game in his lone campaign for the
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The Lost Season: Spencer Haywood, 1969-70 - Hardwood Paroxysm
Google News - over 5 years
It's on Spencer Haywood and his remarkable 96-70 ABA season. Enjoy. Be it Dr. J's prime, or the early days of Moses Malone, George Gervin and David Thompson, the ABA is synonymous with unseen greatness. Thanks to stories from those fortunate enough to
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Olympic gold medalist Barrett passes away - The Fayette Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
That US team was led by Spencer Haywood and Jo Jo White and went on to win the gold. The US beat Yugoslavia 65-15 in the Gold Medal game. Barrett had 10 points in a win over Brazil in the semifinals, and he had 12 in a preliminary round victory over
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Artis Gilmore missed the heights with Bulls - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
Dennis Rodman beat out Reggie Miller, Jamaal Wilkes, Don Nelson, Bernard King, Rick Pitino, Mark Jackson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Spencer Haywood, Maurice Cheeks and Chet Walker to make the Hall of Fame this year. Imagine how they felt when Rodman told the
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Barrett was an Overlooked State Hoops Legend - West Virginia MetroNews
Google News - over 5 years
He teamed with such players as Jo Jo White, Spencer Haywood, Bill Hosket and others to lead the team to a Gold Medal at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He also played professionally in the ABA for the Virginia Squires with a young Dr. J.,
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State Basketball Legend Barrett Passes Away - West Virginia MetroNews
Google News - over 5 years
Following two seasons at Tech, Barrett joined the Navy and continued to play for several Navy based teams. He tried out for the US Olympic team in 1968 and made the squad. That US team was led by Spencer Haywood and Jo Jo White and went on to win the
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Seattle Mariners Honor SuperSonics Before Game - SLAM Online
Google News - over 5 years
Via The Washington Post: “They gathered many of the Sonics' greatest names, including Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, George Karl, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Tom Chambers, Hersey Hawkins, Slick Watts, Dale Ellis, Jack Sikma, Spencer Haywood, Fred Brown,
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Live chat with Lenny Wilkens and Spencer Haywood - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Lenny Wilkens and Spencer Haywood are two of the former Sonics legends who will be honored before the Mariners' game Friday night at Safeco... No comments have been posted to this article. Lenny Wilkens and Spencer Haywood are two of the former Sonics
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NBA: 50 Greatest Low-Post Players of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
One of the premier big men of the ABA in his one season in the league, Spencer Haywood transferred over nicely to the NBA, although he was never as great in the NBA as he was in his lone ABA year. Haywood wasn't an overly efficient scorer in his time
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Haywood resides in Las Vegas. Haywood was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Haywood's no. 24 jersey was retired by the SuperSonics during a halftime ceremony on February 26, 2007.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    He remarried in 1990, and he and his wife, Linda, have three daughters.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    The union produced a daughter, Zulekha Haywood, who was born in 1978.
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  • 1977
    Haywood was married to fashion model Iman from 1977 until 1987.
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  • 1975
    In 1975, the SuperSonics traded him to the New York Knicks where he later teamed with Bob McAdoo.
    More Details Hide Details Haywood later played for the New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Bullets. During the late 1970s, Haywood became addicted to cocaine. He was dismissed from the Lakers by then-coach Paul Westhead during the 1980 NBA Finals for falling asleep during practice due to his addiction. The next season Haywood played in Italy for Reyer Venezia Mestre (then under the name "Carrera di Venezia") along with Dražen Dalipagić before returning to the NBA to play two seasons with the Washington Bullets.
  • 1974
    In the 1974–75 season, he helped lead the SuperSonics to their first playoff berth.
    More Details Hide Details Overall, during his five seasons with Seattle, Haywood averaged 24.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game.
    Haywood played in four NBA All-Star Games while with Seattle, including a strong 23 point 11 rebound performance in 1974.
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  • 1972
    Haywood's 29.2 points per game in the 1972–73 season and 13.4 rebounds per game in 1973–74 are still the single-season record averages for the SuperSonics for these categories.
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    Haywood was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1972 and 1973 and the All-NBA Second Team in 1974 and 1975.
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  • 1970
    In 1970, despite the NBA's eligibility rules, Haywood joined the Seattle SuperSonics, and with SuperSonics owner Sam Schulman launched an anti-trust suit against the league (Haywood v. National Basketball Association).
    More Details Hide Details The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before the NBA agreed to a settlement.
    Haywood also won the ABA's 1970 All-Star Game MVP that year after recording 23 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots for the West team.
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  • 1969
    He was named both the ABA Rookie of the Year and ABA MVP during the 1969–70 season, and became the youngest ever recipient of the MVP at the age of 21.
    More Details Hide Details His 986 field goals made, 1,637 rebounds, and 19.5 rebound per game average are the all-time ABA records for a season.
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  • 1968
    Haywood transferred to the University of Detroit in the fall of that year, and led the NCAA in rebounding with a 21.5 average per game while scoring 32.1 points per game during the 1968–69 season.
    More Details Hide Details He decided to turn pro after his sophomore year, but National Basketball Association (NBA) rules, which then required a player to wait until his class graduated, prohibited him from entering the league. As a result, he joined the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In his rookie season, Haywood led the ABA in scoring at 30. points per game and rebounding at 19.5 rebounds per game while leading the Rockets to the ABA's Western Division Title. In the playoffs, Denver defeated the Washington Capitols in 7 games in the Western Division Semifinals before falling to the Los Angeles Stars in the division finals, 4 games to 1.
    Haywood was the leading scorer on the USA's gold medal winning basketball team during the 1968 Olympics at 16.1 points per game, and he set a USA field goal percentage record of .719.
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    Due to his exceptional performance and talent, Haywood made the USA Olympic Basketball team in 1968.
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  • 1967
    Haywood attended Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado, during the 1967–68 college season, where he averaged 28.2 points and 22.1 rebounds per game.
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    In 1967, while attending Pershing High School, Haywood led the school's basketball team to the state championship.
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  • 1964
    In 1964, Haywood moved to Detroit, Michigan.
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  • 1949
    Born on April 22, 1949.
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