National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Fame member and former Seattle Supersonics player Spencer Haywood stopped by the Office of the Lt. Governor on Wednesday to chat about culture, economic development, the Seahawks, and how Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib can support bringing the NBA back to Seattle.
The State House of Representatives honored Haywood with a resolution earlier that day, highlighting his illustrious career and successful fight for the right of basketball players to play professionally immediately after graduating from high school. Haywood spearheaded that right when he joined the Seattle Supersonics in 1970, despite the NBA’s then-existing rule requiring a player to be four years out of high school before joining the league.
His landmark settlement in Haywood vs. NBA resulted in the Early Entry rule, which revolutionized professional basketball by pioneering a path to the professional ranks for high school graduates, allowing them to support their families at a younger age.
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives commend Haywood for his contributions to professional basketball, the Seattle SuperSonics, the city of Seattle, and the State of Washington,” reads the resolution.
— Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib (@waltgov) March 16, 2017
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