Los Angeles Lakers Statement On The Passing of Tommy Hawkins
Los Angeles Lakers Statement On The Passing Of Tommy Hawkins
Tommy Hawkins and Bill Russell

The following statement was issued today by CEO & Controlling Owner Jeanie Buss on behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers:

“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. 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.”

Originally from Chicago, Hawkins attended the University of Notre Dame before being drafted by the Lakers in 1959. Hawkins remains the Fighting Irish’s career leader in rebounds with 1,318 boards in his illustrious career. Inducted into the Notre Dame Basketball Ring of Honor in 2015, Hawkins was the first African-American to earn All-America honors for the Fighting Irish.

Selected in the first round by the then-Minneapolis Lakers, Hawkins played one season in Minnesota, before moving with the team to Los Angeles. Hawkins would go on to play six seasons with the Lakers, averaging 9.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in 454 games.

You May Also Like

Mike, Mamba and Magic: Top 50 Players in NBA History Part V

The fifth and final segment in our updated list of the 50…

Lakers News: Lonzo Ball Not Using Calf Injury As Excuse For Poor Play Against Rockets

Following Saturday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, it was revealed that Los Angeles Lakers rookie point…

NBA Draft Rumors: Ben Simmons Hopes To Land With Lakers To Help Shoe Deal

Very soon the Los Angeles Lakers will find out whether or not they keep their top-3 protected draft pick at the NBA Draft Lottery…

Lakers Nation Roundtable: Will The Lakers Use Their Amnesty Clause?

The Los Angeles Lakers are facing yet another busy offseason this year.…