Remembering Marques Haynes “The Greatest Dribbler in Basketball History”
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Before the Jamal Crawfords and Rafer Alstons there was Isiah Thomas. Before Thomas there was Pete Maravich. Before Pete there was Marques Haynes.
IMDB says the late great Marques Haynes was born on October 3rd. Google says he was born on the 4th. WikiPedia says he was born in March so who the hell knows exactly when in 1926 Haynes was actually born. One thing I, and most NBA legends do know, is the former Harlem Globetrotter…and Harlem Wizard…and Harlem Magician, was the original ball handling wizard.
Although he is known as “the best dribbler in basketball history,” he was also a very skilled basketball player. He helped his college team win 59 games in a row and 112 out of 115 games during his time at Langston. It was also during this time that he scored 26 points in a win against the Harlem Globetrotters during an exhibition game between his college and the famous hoop organization.
After a brief stint in the Black Professional League, Haynes joined The Globies in 1947. When he left the team 6 years later, the Warriors and Lakers both tried to sign him. He rejected both deals and created his own version of the Globetroters called the Harlem Magicians.
He would later rejoin the Globetrotters in the 70s and in 1988 he became the first Globetrotter to be enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame.
He passed away in 2015 at the age of 89.