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Clifford O. "Cliff" Hagan -- b.12/9/1931
NBA Coach, NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN:Lil Abner
Misc: remarkably tough 6' 5 forward, played college ball at Kentucky, star for the St. Louis Hawks, helped them win 1958 NBA title. Remarkable athlete, was player /coach for years, later played in the ABA in the late 1960s as well.
Sports Teams: St. Louis Hawks (1956-1966), Dallas Caparrals (ABA player 1967-1969, coach 1967-1970)

Harold "Happy" Hairston -- b.5/31/1942 N.S. d.5/1/2001 N.S. (58)
NBA Player

Burdette Haldorson -- b.1/12/1934
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-gold-1956, 60

Jack Haley -- b.1/27/1964 d.3/16/2015 (51)
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Darvin Ham -- b.7/23/1973
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Richard Hamilton -- b.2/14/1978
NBA Player

Thomas Hamilton -- b.4/3/1975
NBA Player

Geert Hammink -- b.7/12/1969
NBA Player, Dutch (Netherlands)

Becky Hammon -- b.3/11/1977 N.S.
Basketball Player
Misc: WNBA player

Tom Hammonds -- b.3/27/1967
NBA Forward, Drag Racer

Darrin Hancock -- b.11/3/1971
NBA Player

Alex Hannum -- b.7/19/1923 N.S. d.1/18/2002 N.S. (78)
NBA Coach, NBA Player, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: USC (player 1942-1943, 1946-1948), Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL player 1948-1949), Syracuse Nationals (player 1949-1951, coach 1960-1963), Baltimore Bullets (player 1951-1952), Rochester Royals (player 1952-1954), Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks (player 1954-1956), Fort Wayne Pistons (player 1956), St. Louis Hawks (player 1956-1957, coach 1957-1958), San Francisco Warriors (coach 1963-1966), Philadelphia 76ers (coach 1966-1968), Oakland Oaks (ABA coach 1968-1969), San Diego Rockets (coach 1969-1971), Denver Rockets (ABA coach 1971-1974)

Bob Hansen -- b.1/18/1961
NBA Guard

Victor A. "Vic" Hanson -- b.7/30/1903 N.S. d.4/10/1982 N.S. (78)
College Baseball Player, College Football Coach, College Football Player, College Basketball Player
Misc: was a well-known multi-sport college athlete in the 1920s. Helms Foundation Championship (Syracuse, 1926); Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1927); Grantland Rice's All-Time, All-America Team (1952); played with ABL's Cleveland Rosenblums (1927-30).
Sports Teams: Syracuse University (football player 1924-1926, basketball player 1924-1927, football coach 1928-1936)

Bill Hanzlik -- b.12/6/1957
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway -- b.7/18/1971
NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Dream Team; b. 1971?
Sports Teams: Orlando Magic

Tim Hardaway Jr. -- b.3/16/1992 N.S.
NBA Player, College Basketball Player

Timothy Duane "Tim" Hardaway -- b.9/1/1966 N.S.
NBA Coach, NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Dream Team II; 5x NBA All-star; Heat #10 retired

James Harden -- b.8/26/1989 N.S.
NBA Guard

Derek Harper -- b.10/13/1961
NBA Guard

Ron Harper -- b.1/20/1964
NBA Guard

Othella Harrington -- b.1/31/1974
NBA Player

Bernie Harris -- b.11/26/1950
NBA Player

Del Harris -- b.6/18/1937
NBA Coach
Sports Teams: Utah Stars (ABA 1975-1976), Houston Rockets (1976-1983), Milwaukee Bucks (1986-1991), Los Angeles Lakers (1994-1999), Dallas Mavericks (2000-2007), Chicago Bulls (2008-2009), New Jersey Nets (2009-2010), Texas Legends (D-League 2011-2012)

Lucious Harris -- b.12/18/1970
NBA Player

Lusia "Lucy" Harris-Stewart -- b.2/10/1955
Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: RN:Lusia Harris
Misc: Olympics-silver-1976; considered to be one of the pioneers of women's basketball.

Lester "Les" Harrison -- b.8/20/1904 N.S. d.12/23/1997 N.S. (93)
NBA Owner, NBA Coach, NBA Player

Marvel Keith "Marv" Harshman -- b.10/4/1917 N.S. d.4/12/2013 N.S. (95)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Pacific Lutheran University (player 1938-1942, coach 1945-1958), Washington State University (coach 1958-1971), University of Washington (coach 1971-1985)

Dick Harter -- b.10/14/1930 d.3/12/2012 (81)
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Antonio Harvey -- b.7/6/1970
NBA Player

Scott Haskin -- b.9/19/1970
NBA Player

Donald Lee Haskins -- b.3/14/1930 d.9/7/2008 (78)
College Football Coach, College Basketball Player, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: NN:The Bear
Misc: one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history; in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Oklahoma A&M (player 1949-1952), Texas Western/University of Texas at El Paso (head coach 1961-1999), United States (asst coach 1972)

Udonis Haslem -- b.6/9/1980 N.S.
NBA Forward, American

Scott Hastings -- b.6/3/1960
NBA Center, NBA Forward

Sylvia Hatchell -- b.2/28/1952
College Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: University of Tennessee (coach 1974-1975), Francis Marion College (1975-1986), University of North Carolina (coach 1986-current as of 2016)

John "Hondo" Havlicek -- b.4/8/1940 N.S.
NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN:Sixth Man for the Boston Celtics; b. in Martins Ferry, Ohio, RN:John Joseph Havlicek; NN:Hondo
Misc: 13x NBA All-Star; played in 3 NCAA Finals at Ohio St. (1960-62); star forward as starter who led the Celtics to eight NBA titles (1963-66,68-69,74,76); playoff MVP in 1974; 4-time All-NBA first team; played for 17 years and scored 26,395 NBA points in 1,188 games; 172 games, 3776 points, 22.0 ppg, in 1,270 games; Celtics #17 retired
Sports Teams: Ohio State (1959-1962), Boston Celtics (1962-1978)

Cornelius L. "Connie" Hawkins -- b.7/17/1942 N.S. d.10/6/2017 N.S. (75)
Basketball Figure
Names/Places: NN:The Hawk
Misc: Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968; playground legend, high-gliding star big man from Brooklyn. Career marred by alleged point-shaving scandal. Nonetheless starred for Harlem Globetrotters, ABL-ABA Pittsburgh Pipers, which he led to the first ABA title in 1968; Suns #42
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Rens (ABL 1961-1963), Harlem Globetrotters (1963-1967), Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers (ABA 1967-1969), Phoenix Suns (1969-1973), Los Angeles Lakers (1973-1975), Atlanta Hawks (1975-1976)

Hersey R. Hawkins Jr. -- b.9/29/1965
NBA Guard
Sports Teams: Philadelphia 76ers (1988-1993), Charlotte Hornets (1993-1995, 2000-2001), Seattle SuperSonics (1995-1999), Chicago Bulls (1999-2000)

Steve Hawkins -- b.8/3/1962 N.S.
College Basketball Coach

Tom Hawkins -- b.12/22/1936 d.8/16/2017 N.S. (80)
NBA Player, College Basketball Player
Sports Teams: University of Notre Dame, Los Angeles Lakers

Nate Hawthorne -- b.1/19/1951 d.11/23/2005 N.S. (54)
NBA Player

Elvin E. Hayes -- b.11/17/1945
Sportscaster, NBA Center
Names/Places: NN:The Big "E"; b. in Rayville, LA
Misc: 12x All-Star; with 27,313 career points and 16,279 rebounds in 1,303 games; high leaping, scoring big man at U. Of Houston, then for San Diego-Houston Rockets. Later also starred for title-winning Washington Bullets in lengthy NBA career; University of Houston #44 retired, Washington Wizards #11 retired.
Sports Teams: Houston (1965-1968), San Diego/Houston Rockets (1968-1972), Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (1972-1981), Houston Rockets (1981-1984)

Marques Haynes -- b.10/4/1926 d.5/22/2015 (88)
NBA Guard
Misc: "The World's Greatest Dribbler," Hall of Fame Harlem Globetrotters' ace.
Sports Teams: Harlem Globetrotters

Gordon Hayward -- b.3/23/1990 N.S.
NBA Guard

Spencer Haywood -- b.4/22/1949
NBA Player, ABA Figure, Olympic Athlete
Names/Places: Iman's ex-husband
Misc: Olympic gold 1968, 4x NBA All-Star; SuperSonics #24 retired
Sports Teams: Denver Rockets (ABA 1969-1970), Seattle SuperSonics (1970-1975), New York Knicks (1975-1979), New Orleans Jazz (1979), Los Angeles Lakers (1979-1980), Reyer Venezia (Italy 1980-1981), Washington Bullets (1981-1983)

Walter Raphael Hazzard -- b.4/15/1942 d.11/18/2011 (69)
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-gold-1964

Chick Hearn -- b.11/27/1916 d.8/5/2002 (85)
Cartoon Voice Actor, Basketball Announcer, NBA Player
Names/Places: RFMN:Francis Dayle
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (play-by-play man 1961-2002)
TV Shows: Bowling for Dollars (host)

Jud Heathcote -- b.5/27/1927 N.S. d.8/28/2017 N.S. (90)
College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Washington State (player 1946-1949, coach 1964-1971), West Valley HS (WA, coach 1950-1964), University of Montana (coach 1971-1976), Michigan State University (coach 1976-1995)

Thomas W. "Tommy" Heinsohn -- b.8/26/1934 N.S.
Sports Commentator, Sportscaster, Basketball Announcer, NBA Coach, NBA Forward, College Basketball Player
Misc: Rookie of the Year [1956-57], NBA Coach of the Year [1973]; Star big forward at Holy Cross as collegian, then for Boston Celtics late 1950's, early 1960's. Also noted as President of NBA's player union.
Sports Teams: Holy Cross College (1953-1956), Boston Celtics (player 1956-1965, coach, 1969-1978)

Alan (Basketball) Henderson -- b.12/2/1972
NBA Player

Cedric Henderson -- b.3/11/1975
NBA Player

E. B. Henderson -- b.11/24/1883 d.2/3/1977 (93)
Basketball Figure
Names/Places: RFMN:Edwin Bancroft; NN:The Grandfather of Black Basketball

Gerald Henderson -- b.1/16/1956
NBA Player

Thomas Edward Henderson -- b.1/26/1952
Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-silver-1972

Steve Henson -- b.2/2/1968
NBA Guard

George T. Hepbron -- b.8/27/1863 d.4/30/1946 N.S. (82)
Author, Sports Figure, Basketball Referee
Misc: one of basketball's first referees and rules pioneers; wrote the game's first book "How to Play Basketball" in 1904.
Book Titles: How To Play Basketball

Ferenc Hepp -- b.11/3/1909 N.S. d.11/27/1980 N.S. (71)
Basketball Figure
Names/Places: NN:The Father of Hungarian Basketball
Misc: Basketball Administrator

Carl Herrera -- b.12/14/1966
NBA Forward, Trinidad, Venezuelan

Fred Hetzel -- b.7/21/1942
NBA Player
Sports Teams: San Francisco Warriors, Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadephia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers

Roy Hibbert -- b.12/11/1986 N.S.
NBA Center

Edgar S. "Eddie" Hickey -- b.12/20/1902 N.S. d.12/5/1980 N.S. (77)
College Football Coach, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Creighton University (football 1934, basketball 1934-1943, 1946-1947), St. Louis University (basketball 1947-1958), Marquette University (basketball 1958-1964)

Edward J. Hickox -- b.4/10/1878 N.S. d.1/28/1966 N.S. (87)
College Football Coach, Basketball Administrator
Misc: an executive secretary of the Hall of Fame from 1949-1963.
Sports Teams: Southwestern Normal (football coach 1907), Springfield (MA, football coach 1922-1923, basketball coach 1926-1942), Colorado College (basketball coach 1914-1915), American International (basketball coach 1944-1947)

Buddy Hield -- b.12/17/1993 N.S.
NBA Guard, College Basketball Player, Bahamas

Rod Higgins -- b.1/31/1960
NBA Player

Sean Higgins -- b.12/30/1968
NBA Forward, NBA Guard

Bob Hill -- b.11/24/1948
NBA Coach

Brian Hill -- b.9/19/1947
NBA Coach

George Hill -- b.5/4/1986
NBA Guard

Grant Hill -- b.10/5/1972 N.S.
NBA Forward, Olympic Athlete
Misc: 1996 Dream Team
Sports Teams: Duke University, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers

Tyrone Hill -- b.3/19/1968
NBA Forward

Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle -- b.12/19/1899 N.S. d.9/22/1992 N.S. (92)
Baseball Coach, Baseball Player, Football Coach, Football Player, Basketball Coach, Basketball Player
Misc: he's in both the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Chicago (where he won varsity letters in three sports)

Kirk Hinrich -- b.1/2/1981 N.S.
NBA Guard

Roy Hinson -- b.5/2/1961
NBA Forward

Howard Andrew "Hobby" Hobson -- b.7/4/1903 N.S. d.6/9/1991 N.S. (87)
College Baseball Coach, College Football Coach, College Basketball Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the College Basketball and Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Oregon (basketball player 1923-1926, basketball coach 1935-1944, 1945-1947, baseball coach 1936-1947), Southern Oregon University (football coach 1932-1934, basketball coach 1932-1935), Yale University (basketball coach 1947-1956)

Donald Hodge -- b.2/25/1969
NBA Center

Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge -- b.7/31/1962 N.S.
Basketball Figure
Sports Teams: Harlem Globetrotters

Craig Anthony Hodges -- b.6/27/1960
NBA Player, Basketball Coach

Fred Hoiberg -- b.10/15/1972
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Chamique Holdsclaw -- b.8/9/1977
Basketball Player

Jrue Holiday -- b.6/12/1990 N.S.
NBA Guard

Lionel Hollins -- b.10/19/1953
MLB Player, NBA Coach
Misc: Portland Trail Blazers #14 retired

Nat Holman -- b.10/19/1896 d.2/12/1995 (98)
NBA Guard, College Basketball Coach
Misc: coached CCNY to both NCAA and NIT titles in 1950 (a year later, several of his players were caught up in a point-shaving scandal); 423 career wins; Eastern League championships (1921-22); American Basketball League titles (Original Celtics, 1927-28); NCAA and NIT championships as coach of City College of New York (CCNY) (1950)
Sports Teams: The Original Celtics (player 1920-1928, player/coach 1926-1929), City College of New York (coach 1919-1952, 1954-1956, 1958-1959)

Michael Holton -- b.8/4/1961
Sports Analyst, Basketball Announcer, NBA Player
Sports Teams: Portland Trail Blazers (studio analyst)

William "Red" Holzman -- b.8/10/1920 d.11/13/1998 (78)
NBA Coach, NBA Player
Misc: played for NBL and NBA champions at Rochester (1946,51); coached NY Knicks to 2 NBA titles (1970,73); Coach of Year (1970)
Sports Teams: Rochester Royals (1945-1953), Milwaukee Hawks (1953-1954), Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (coach, 1954-1957), New York Knicks (assistant coach, 1957-1967), Ponce Lions (Puerto Rico coach, 1963-1967), New York Knicks (coach, 1967-1977, 1978-1982)

Jerald Honeycutt -- b.10/20/1974
NBA Player

Dave Hoppen -- b.3/13/1964
NBA Center

Dennis Hopson -- b.4/22/1965
NBA Player

Al Horford -- b.6/3/1986 N.S.
NBA Forward, Dominican Republican

Tito Horford -- b.1/19/1966
NBA Player, Dominican Republican

Jeffrey John Hornacek -- b.5/3/1963
NBA Guard

Robert Horry -- b.8/25/1970
Sports Commentator, NBA Forward

Robert J. "Bob" Houbregs -- b.3/12/1932 d.5/28/2014 (82)
NBA Player, College Basketball Player, Canadian
Misc: A 6'8", 225 pound forward-center, Houbregs attended the University of Washington from 1949 to 1953. In 1953, as a senior, he was named NCAA Player of the Year, was a Consensus All-America selection, helped lead the University of Washington to the Final Four, and was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 34.8 points per game in the post-season. Played for five seasons in the NBA from 1953-58. Was a Seattle Supersonics general manager from 1970-73.
Sports Teams: University of Washington (1950-1953), Milwaukee Hawks (1953), Baltimore Bullets (1953-1954), Boston Celtics (1954), Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons (1954-1958)

Allan Houston -- b.4/20/1971
NBA General Manager, NBA Guard, Olympic Athlete

Byron Houston -- b.11/22/1969
NBA Forward

Brian Howard -- b.10/19/1967
NBA Forward

Dwight Howard -- b.12/8/1985 N.S.
NBA Player

Juwan Howard -- b.2/7/1973
NBA Coach, NBA Player

Stephen Howard -- b.7/15/1970
NBA Player

Bailey E. Howell -- b.1/20/1937
NBA Forward
Misc: 2x NBA Champion (1968-1969); 6x NBA All-Star (1961-1964, 1966-1967); All-NBA Second Team (1963); in the College and Pro Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1959-1964), Baltimore Bullets (1964-1966), Boston Celtics (1966-1970), Philadelphia 76ers (1970-1971)

George Hoyt -- b.8/9/1883 d.11/11/1962 (79)
Basketball Referee
Names/Places: NN:Mr. Basketball, New England's foremost basketball referee
Misc: NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)

Phil Hubbard -- b.12/13/1956
NBA Coach, NBA Player, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-gold-1976

Lou Hudson -- b.7/11/1944 d.4/11/2014 (69)
Actor, NBA Player

John Hummer -- b.5/5/1948
NBA Player

Jay Humphries -- b.10/17/1962
NBA Guard

Kris Humphries -- b.2/6/1985 N.S.
NBA Forward

John "Hot Rod" Hundley -- b.10/26/1934 N.S. d.3/27/2015 N.S. (80)
Sportscaster, NBA Player

Lindsey Hunter -- b.12/3/1970
NBA Player

Bob Hurley -- b.7/31/1947 N.S.
Basketball Coach
Sports Teams: St. Anthony High School (coach 1972-present as of 2016)

Bobby Hurley -- b.6/28/1971
NBA Player

Charles D. "Chuck" Hyatt -- b.2/28/1908 d.5/8/1978 (70)
College Basketball Player
Misc: National championship (Pittsburgh, 1928, 1930); College All-America (1929, 1930); Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1930)
Sports Teams: University of Pittsburgh

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