Spencer Haywood


Legends profile: Spencer Haywood

On the court, Spencer Haywood was such a devastating force in his prime that no opponent could defend him or keep him off the boards. Off the court, he had a lasting effect on the game of basketball, largely because he provided the 1970 legal test case that opened the NBA to undergraduate college players.
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“Let Me Take a Hit”: Spencer Haywood and Cocaine in the NBA

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know the name Len Bias. Alongside that name, there were always the broad outlines of a story. A phenom at Maryland who was drafted second overall in 1986 by the Boston Celtics, and who died, almost immediately thereafter, from using cocaine. But I always wanted to know more. About the world Bias inhabited and the one he left behind.

Nikola Jokic Should Be MVP Says Spencer Haywood, Only Pro To Win Award In Denver: ‘I Like The Hungriness He Plays With’

DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Nuggets have never had a player win the Most Valuable Player award in the NBA, but that could soon change given the incredible season Nikola Jokic has put together. The only player to be named MVP in the franchise’s history came from Spencer Haywood — when the Nuggets were known as the Denver Rockets in the American Basketball Association — and Haywood thinks Jokic deserves the big award.

Basketball legend Spencer Haywood advocates for COVID-19 vaccine

Basketball Hall-of-Famer Spencer Haywood offered that answer to "The Playmakers" program on CBS Sports Radio 1140 on Monday about the effects of getting the first of two scheduled vaccinations against COVID-19. The 71-year-old Haywood said he got the shot over the weekend at a clinic at Roseman University in the Summerlin neighborhood of Las Vegas. He says he wanted to set an example for the African-American and Hispanic communities, stressing he understands the fear and anxiety these populations have about getting vaccinated.