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NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard dies at 69

Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:21 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 12:02 pm
 
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Former NBA All-Star and UCLA standout Walt Hazzard died in Los Angeles on Friday night at the age of 69, KTLA.com reports. Hazzard had been battling a "long illness."
"This is a sad day for the UCLA basketball family," said Bruin athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a press release from UCLA.

"Walt was the catalyst for Coach John Wooden's first championship team and played the game with a style that excited Bruin basketball fans everywhere. He contributed to his alma mater in numerous ways, including as a student-athlete, coach and honored alum, and he will be greatly missed by all of us know knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jaleesa, and their four sons."

"Walt was one of the pillars of UCLA's first championship team in men's basketball," said UCLA head men's basketball coach Ben Howland.
Hazzard, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard, played 10 years in the NBA, featuring stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, Atlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves and the Golden State Warriors. He posted career averages of 12.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists and was selected to the 1968 All-Star Game when he posted a career-high 24.0 points for Seattle.

On Friday evening, the Lakers, who drafted him in the first round of the 1964 NBA Draft, issued a statement.
"Walt was a man of extremely high character, who served the Lakers for many years as a player, a scout and a consultant,” said Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss.  “Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time, and we feel fortunate that he was part of the Lakers family for so many years.”

“First and foremost, our condolences go out to the Hazzard family,” said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.  “Not only was Walt an outstanding player, but his knowledge of the game was extremely valuable to our front office as well over the past 17 years.  In the years since his stroke, he has been an inspiration to many of us with his perseverance and his passion for the game.”
A college All-American and the Most Outstanding Player of the 1964 NCAA Final Four, Hazzard is best known for playing on the undefeated UCLA team coached by John Wooden that won the school's first NCAA title. UCLA retired his No. 42 jersey.  He later won a gold medal as a player at the 1964 Olympics.

After his retirement from the NBA, Hazzard coached at UCLA from 1984-1988, compiling a 77-47 career record, and worked as both a scout and a consultant for the Lakers. 

In 1996, Hazzard suffered a debilitating stroke that reportedly nearly took his life.
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Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:07 pm
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard dies at 69

My condolences to Walt Hazzard and his family. The UCLA family will never forget his contributions as of this wonderful human being or his contributions while a student athelete while at UCLA. He will be missed but not forgotten.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:00 pm
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard dies at 69

Walt Hazzard and Gail Goodrich were the best college backcourt combination back in the 60's,maybe of all time.Rest In Peace,Walt.




Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:14 pm
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard dies at 69

My memories of Walt Hazzard are from UCLA and mostly as a Seattle Sonic. At that time he was known as Mahdi Abdul Rachman (sp?). He was the clear leader of that team and became the key player in the trade for Lenny Wilkens. Wilkens became a legen in Seattle as player, coach, and team executive, but Walt was a fan favorite for the very first years of the franchise. My condolences to his family.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:56 pm
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard dies at 69

R.I.P Walt, gone but never forgotten.
 



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:28 pm
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard dies at 69

Walt and I were high school classmates.  He was President of the Student Association at Overbrook high School in Philadelphia and a young man genuinely liked and admired by all.

On the basketball court, he teamed with Wally (now Wali) Jones in the backcourt and Wayne Hightower and Ralph Heyward on the front line - four college players and three NBA players on a powerful and undefeated high school team.  RIP Walt



Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:08 am
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard passes away

I am old enough to remember that undefeated 1964 team that also featured Gail Goodrich and Keith Ericson. Walt Hazzard was the "man". A great player and class act. John Wooden once said that the 1964 team was his greatest because he had no one over 6'5". How could it not be great with a player like Walt Hazzard. RIP Mr Hazzard.



Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 6:28 am
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard passes away

A floor general on the court and a leader in life as well. Fond memories abound!



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:57 am
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard passes away

Walt Hazzard was a class man and a good player.  Rest easy Walt.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:48 am
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard passes away

R.I.P. Walt Hazzard! You were a great one!



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:14 am
 

NBA All-Star Walt Hazzard passes away

remember watching him at ucla when i was a kid him and gail goodrich what a great backcourt pair RIP WALT


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