You are the first person that remembers the history of the Suns as I remember it. Many a time people have argued with me about it. I do remember everything you mentioned.
I also like to tell my kids about the brief, and it was even in the AZ Republic if I remember right, time Colangelo tried to sign Wilt Chamberlain from the Professional Volley Ball league he was in. Only to have the Lakers who had not renounced his rights go to the league office and said they had one more year of his contract, and if he played anywhere it would be in LA. Just another reason to hate LA! LOL!
People don't remember Connie Hawkins, or his book, I think the title was called Foul! But for two seasons, he had two of the best seasons of anyone that ever played the NBA before he got too old, or injuries, slowed him down.
I am sketchy on a game I watched on TV with X Man playing. One of our guys got crushed and popped up to retaliate, when the other side got their hackles up and their players stepped forward. X Man ran up to the fracas and I remember the other team, all backed down like a fire being put out instantly! No one wanted to mess with the X Man. Not even Jordan!
Maybe you remember this:
It was 71 or 72, one of Hawkins's last years in Phoenix. A ball was bouncing out of bounds. Hawk was near it. He ran over and the ball was literally out of bounds by a foot, some six inches off the ground. Hawk, balancing on one leg, reached out and grabbed it in midair and just hung there. The Coliseum was dead quiet as everyone held their breath wondering if he was going to fall. Instead, Hawk reeled it in, and one handed, fired a LENGTH OF THE COURT PASS to a Sun under the opposite basket for a hoop. This was bar none the most amazing play I have
ever seen in the NBA, including some Jordan plays.