Former UCLA basketball player Walt Hazzard dies



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins’ first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, has died. He was 69.

The school says Hazzard died Friday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center after a long illness.

Hazzard was co-captain of the 1964 national title team under coach John Wooden.

Hazzard helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and played 10 years in the NBA, including stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, who made him a first-round selection.

During his four years as UCLA coach, the Bruins had a 77-47 record. Following his coaching career, Hazzard worked as a West Coast advance scout for the Lakers and served as a special consultant to the team.

Hazzard is survived by wife Jaleesa, a Bruins song girl during the 1964 NCAA title season, and sons Yakub, Jalal, Khalil and Rasheed.