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The Spencer Haywood Rule: Battles, Basketball, and the Making of an American Iconoclast

The Spencer Haywood Rule: Battles, Basketball, and the Making of an American Iconoclast

by Marc J. Spears, Gary Washburn
The Spencer Haywood Rule: Battles, Basketball, and the Making of an American Iconoclast

The Spencer Haywood Rule: Battles, Basketball, and the Making of an American Iconoclast

by Marc J. Spears, Gary Washburn

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Overview

“If you are a basketball fan, you should be aware of Spencer Haywood’s immense historical importance. If you’re not aware, you should be.” —Bob Ryan, The Boston Globe 

Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medalist, MVP, and All-Star could all be used to describe the illustrious career of Spencer Haywood on the hardwood. 

From picking cotton in rural Mississippi to the historic 1968 Olympics to Winning ABA MVP to the battle with the NBA that would go all the way to the Supreme Court and change the league forever, Spencer Haywood’s life has been a microcosm of 20th-century sports and culture. 
 
One of the most dominant big men of his era, Haywood burst onto the international scene as a teenager with a revelatory performance at the Mexico City Olympics. Yet, while his basketball career was just beginning back in that summer of ’68, it was only one of many notable moments in the extraordinary and fateful life of the big man from Silver City, Mississippi. 
 
In The Spencer Haywood Rule, Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated and Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe worked with Spencer to tell the remarkable story of a man who was born into indentured servitude in rural Mississippi, and all of the unbelievable trials, tribulations, successes, failures, and redemptions that followed. 

Haywood would go on to be the ABA Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season, but his triumphs on the court are only part of the legend. His winding journey off the court saw him challenge the NBA’s draft-entry rules and win at the Supreme Court level; run in New York City high-fashion circles in the mid-70s with his then-wife, supermodel Iman; and bottom out with alcohol and drug addiction during the infancy of the Showtime Lakers dynasty.  
 
Spears and Washburn explore how Haywood’s impact was felt throughout the NBA and in society at large—and still is to this day—culminating in Haywood’s inspiring second act as an advocate for current and retired NBA players alike. 



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629377766
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 657,199
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for ESPN's The Undefeated. He is the co-producer of the documentary Katrina Cop In The SuperdomeGary Washburn is the National NBA writer for The Boston Globe. He also serves as the Vice President, Print for the NABJ Sports Task Force.

Table of Contents

1 Cotton 1

2 Growing Up in Mississippi 19

3 A New Home 33

4 USA Basketball 45

5 The 1968 Olympics 55

6 University of Detroit 71

7 A Change Is Gonna Come 85

8 Haywood v. National Basketball Association 97

9 SuperSonics, Bill Russell, and the Big Change 111

10 The Nike Story 123

11 New York, New York 129

12 Not For Long 141

13 The Devil 143

14 The End and the Beginning 151

15 The King of Italy 157

16 Time to Go Home 165

17 Rock Bottom 173

18 What's Next? 181

19 Divorce, Fatherhood, and Getting Sober 187

20 Respect and Retribution 197

21 Ticket to Springfield 205

22 A Second Calling 213

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