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Hawkins was precursor to Dr. J, Jordan

Updated: July 25, 2006, 7:20 AM ET
By Ron Flatter | Special to ESPN.com

"He was Julius before Julius. He was Elgin before Elgin. He was Michael before Michael. He was simply the greatest individual player I have ever seen," says Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown on ESPN Classic's SportCentury profile of Connie Hawkins.

He was Jordan before Jordan, Dr. J before Dr. J. But despite his prodigious talent, basketball showman Connie Hawkins was not allowed to grow into his prime on the sport's greatest stage.

While he eventually got there, it was ...

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