Spencer Haywood Rumors
“For a long time, we had been pushing for health insurance for our retired players. Before, once a player left the game, their health insurance was taken away,” NBRPA Chairman of the Board Spencer Haywood explained. “A lot of our guys were having to work [in retirement] to make ends meet and keep their health insurance. Then, I spoke to LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and the rest of the National Basketball Players Association’s Executive Board and they said, ‘Hey, we can help you guys out. We’ll get you some health insurance.’ I thought [the coverage] would be something simple. But instead, they’re dropping over $15 million per year to get us the same health insurance they have. I was just like, ‘Wow.’”
In the midst of Haywood’s legendary NBA and ABA career, he played in 34 games for the New Orleans Jazz during the 1978-79 season. The Jazz acquired him from the New York Knicks midway through the year for Joe Meriweather. He averaged 24.0 points and 9.6 rebounds on 49.7 percent shooting, but the squad finished 26-56. “That was awesome,” Haywood recalled. “It was just great because I was with one of my heroes Elgin Baylor who was the coach and playing with “Pistol Pete” Maravich and Gail Goodrich was one of my dreams. That was some pretty cool stuff.”
“Donovan and I partied hard until late in the night at the ESPYs,” Haywood said. “We got a chance to talk and party and dance until well in the night. He’s just a wonderful young man and you know all of them are under the Spencer Haywood Rule because any player that left college before their four years are up, comes through me,” he continued, tapping his chest. “I take pride in that. A lot of pride.”
Spencer Haywood tells an uproarious story about a time late in his career, when he was with the Lakers, and he got in trouble for falling asleep in practice. They were stretching on the floor, and he still had some quaaludes in his system, and he just nodded off. Different league back then…
Charlie Scott’s lone regret from waiting more than 30 years to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is that his buddy Jo Jo White wasn’t there to welcome him at the ceremony on Friday. White, a 2015 inductee, died in January, a few months before Scott got his Hall of Fame confirmation. White, Scott, and Spencer Haywood often talked about making the Hall together someday, and now all three are in.