Spencer Haywood Rumors
Because the history has been mostly ignored, Haywood said, the NBA and NCAA keep making the same mistakes, and the FBI probe is just the natural result of those mistakes. “They have elected to omit the whole history of how this ruling came,” Haywood said. “They have taken this and decided, we won’t put a name to it, we won’t put a person to it, so it is just something out in space that happened. You can’t do anything without the history, you just can’t. By eliminating me, they get themselves — every two years, every five years, every 50 years — into the same darn thing. All they have to do and say, hey, there’s the ruling. There was a Supreme Court ruling, Haywood vs. the NBA, then you would have some history to this. Then players, coaches, they would understand what’s going on.
Haywood points out that the original founder of the NCAA, Walter Byers, tried to tear down the organization in the 1980s and 1990s, realizing that the goal of amateurism had become a sham, and it was the players who were being hurt. The fact that even the founder of the organization could not exact any changes in what he’d started should have been cause for concern long ago. “Before he died,” Haywood said, “Walter Byers was saying that it was wrong, the NCAA was wrong. The system he set up was wrong, and what he did was a very bad thing.”
Spencer Haywood: “This year, the players elected me as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Basketball Retired Players Association and we’re doing some exciting things. Over the last year, I’ve been pushing for health insurance for our players because once players leave the game, their health insurance is taken [away]. So a lot of our guys were making ends meet to make payments and keep their health insurance. Then, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant – just to name a few who are on the [NBPA] executive board – spoke to me and said, ‘Hey, we can help you guys out and get you some insurance.’ I thought it would be medium [coverage], you know, something simple. But no, they’re dropping over $15 million a year to get all of us the same health insurance that they have! It was just like, ‘Whoa! Wait a minute, guys. You have to tell people what you guys are doing here!’ And they said, ‘You do it.’ So here I am, on your show, telling people about this great thing that these young players are doing for the oldheads that helped create the game for them. They’re looking after for us and they’re just an awesome group of young men. It means the world to me.”
The colorful legacy of the American Basketball Association will be celebrated at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 7, 2018, when the ABA’s 50th reunion is held. All proceeds will go to the Dropping Dimes Foundation, an Indianapolis-based charity that assists former ABA players, coaches, and team employees in need of financial or health care assistance. The event will bring a retro ABA All-Star weekend feel to downtown Indianapolis. Many of the league’s greatest players and coaches are scheduled to attend, including former Pacers legend George McGinnis and legendary Pacers coach Slick Leonard, Julius Erving, Spencer Haywood, Dan Issel, George Gervin, and Artis Gilmore. NBC announcer Bob Costas will serve as master of ceremonies. During the program, the list of the ABA’s all-time 50 greatest players will be announced, as voted on by a media panel.
He talks to retired stars such as Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, who stress to him the importance of a post-basketball career. He’ll dial up Moses Malone, who introduced him to golf and even Spencer Haywood, who became the first underclassman to play in the NBA after a landmark Supreme Court case. “Have a plan,” said Billups. “Boredom is what gets you in trouble.” He’ll always have golf. And he’s getting better.
Around 80 players visited the new office in midtown Manhattan, which covers 47,000 square feet over two floors. It’s the only location in Manhattan that resembles an NBA training center. The rookies got a tour of the gym, locker room, soon-to-be-completed basketball court and hydroworks area (hot/cold tub and underwater treadmill). They also checked out the players’ lounge (with pool and ping-pong) and multiple business rooms (technologically-equipped) where they can conduct meetings to advance their careers on and off the court. In addition, they met with and heard from NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, NBPA President Chris Paul, other staff members in breakout sessions, and former NBA legends Isiah Thomas and Spencer Haywood. Here’s our behind-the-scenes video feature on the NBPA’s Rookie Transition Program, while highlighting our new office for players.
Yesterday, KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler had a pair of Sonics legends on his radio show and they each had interesting comments about the future of the NBA in Seattle. In hour one, Softy spoke to Spencer Haywood about his upcoming documentary “Full Court.” Spencer had some interesting comments that came from a place not of speculation, but straight from the mouth of the NBA Commissioner. According to Spencer, Adam Silver told him… “Will you help the people in Seattle understand that we want to make amends? We want a team back in Seattle immediately.”