Cedric Maxwell, also referred to by many as "Cornbread," is a retired professional basketball player best known for his career in the NBA and UNC Charlotte's alumnus. He was born in Kinston, North Carolina, in 1955 and became the first basketball player from Kinston to make it to the major league. Before the NBA, he was most known as a star player for the Charlotte 49ers from 1973-1977. As a UNC Charlotte student, he majored in Black Literature and Geography, with a focus on basketball and sports-related activities. In 1977, he led the Charlotte 49ers to the NCAA Final Four Tournament making it the first time the 49ers would earn this achievement. That same year, he graduated and retired his #33 jersey for the 49ers.
Maxwell was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1977 NBA draft, making him the 12th overall pick in the draft. It wasn't until his second season when he began to make an impact in the industry. His skills, personality and performance on the court were well received and catapulted him to the 1981 NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics would go on to win the NBA Championship that year. In 1985, Maxwell was traded to the LA Clippers, where he would play for almost two seasons. Shortly after, he signed with the Houston Rockets for the 1987-1988 season and eventually retired from the NBA after an 11 season career.
Aside from his iconic basketball career, Maxwell also had an interest in radio broadcasting and sports media. Back in 2001, he got his start in broadcasting by announcing Boston Celtic games alongside Sean Grande. Maxwell is now married and is a father to four children. In 2020, Cedric Maxwell was inducted into the Charlotte 49ers Hall Of Fame. Today he resides in Boston, Massachusetts, where he hosts a podcast titled "The Cedric Maxwell Podcast," where he interviews many former NBA affiliates and discusses many of his life stories. Cedric Maxwell will always be remembered for his performance in the NBA and as a Charlotte 49er.