Famous American legend was just found dead in his Malibu home. Prayers for the family.
He is a former NBA forward who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1950s and ‘60s. Tommy Hawkins died at age 80 on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.
According to reports, he was at his home in Malibu, California at the time of his death. Jeanie Buss, the CEO and controlling owner of the Lakers, released a statement from the team. Sharing their condolences with the family.
Tommy was a true hero and impacted so many lives with his own. He wasn’t only a football player but also a sports execute and broadcaster as well.
“We are saddened to hear the news regarding Tommy Hawkins. He was and will always be part of the Lakers family. He was a member of the Lakers when the team moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, and he made LA his home,” Buss said. “Tommy not only contributed as a player but also as a sports executive and broadcaster. His baritone voice and easy demeanor made him a favorite of the fans and media as well as everyone who had the honor of calling him a friend.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hawkins family.”
Thomas Jerome Hawkins was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Chicago. From the time he was in high school he was always a star.
Hawkins was also standout scholarship player for Notre Dame between 1956 and 1959. Furthermore, he was the school’s first black basketball star. Hawkins was named a second-team All-American in 1958 by United Press International.
He was also a first-round NBA draft pick by the Minneapolis Lakers, and was the third player chosen overall. This was HGUE for Tommy and for the team.
In a 1999 interview he shared his experience and memories that he had with the team.
“In those days, no one cared about the players’ knees or ankles. The wooden floor was laid right down on the concrete,” Hawkins said. “And the plumbing! We had a rule – if someone was using the shower, no one was allowed to flush the toilet.”
When his time playing was over, he became a radio and TV broadcaster. He also went on to be vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team.
This man was a true legend and hero.