Walt Hazzard

(Via LA Times) – Walt Hazzard, a stellar point guard who helped John Wooden win his first national championship at UCLA and became the fifth coach to follow the college basketball legend, died Friday. He was 69.

Hazzard, who suffered a stroke in 1996, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center following a long illness, the university announced. Hazzard had endured complications following heart surgery, his family said.

The backbone of UCLA’s undefeated 1964 championship team, Hazzard directed the Bruins‘ offense to a 98-83 victory over Duke in the NCAA final. But he was unable to bring another NCAA title banner to Pauley Pavilion as the Bruins’ coach from 1984 to 1988. He was a special consultant with the Lakers at the time of his death.

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