(SBN Sports) – He stood 6 foot 5 and dominated on the basketball court! Former forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, Tommy Hawkins, has died at age 80. Hawkins played at Notre Dame before reaching the NBA and is the first black All-American athlete from the school.
The Lakers released a statement after his death:
“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.” -Jeanie Buss, Owner of the Los Angeles Lakers