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Former Laker and local broadcaster Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

Former Laker and local broadcaster Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

It was the spring of 1985, and the Lakers stood one victory away from avenging a painful history of playoff losses to the Boston Celtics.

Watching on television from home, the long-retired Tommy Hawkins — who had played for the Lakers when they moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles — couldn’t help digging through his closet, searching for his old uniform.

That was how Hawkins spent the final game of the NBA Finals that year, wearing a jersey and shorts, jumping up and down in his living room as his former team won the title at Boston Garden.

“I really got into it,” he told The Times.

It might be simplest to remember the 80-year-old Hawkins, who died at home in...

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