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November 20, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walt Hazzard, 69, the slick point guard who was a significant part of basketball dynasties at Overbrook High School and UCLA as well as an NBA star and coach of the Bruins in the 1980s, died Friday at Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. A West Philadelphia native, Mr. Hazzard was a key player on one of the best teams in Philadelphia scholastic history. As a junior, his 1959 Overbrook team, which also featured Wali Jones and Ralph Heyward, won the city championship after capturing 66 of its previous 68 games.
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November 20, 2011 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
You swore he could make the basketball do everything but sit up and speak. Walter Raphael Hazzard, on the loose and in an open court, was all silk and satin, a dribbling dervish who understood the angles and the precise geometry of the game, and had such a velvet touch he could snuff a candle with a no-look pass. When he was 8, the Harlem Globetrotters came to Philadelphia and Walt Hazzard was a rapt witness. The ball became a part of him, almost as though surgically attached.
NEWS
November 29, 2011
THIS WAS probably 1966 or 1967. I was 12 or 13. It was at a time when four or five white kids from the Northeast would hop on the Frankford El, totally unconcerned, and attend 76ers games at Convention Hall in West Philly. Tickets were affordable. We'd earned our spending money selling hot chocolate or game programs at Penn and Eagles' games. It was nighttime. It was cold. But our parents felt confident that we would be safe. And we had lots of fun. We watched the Sixers in what would become a championship season.
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November 13, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
The house is on a quiet, tree-lined street in Lafayette Square, a historically preserved area adjacent to the Crenshaw district. Inside, surrounded by the warmth and support of family and friends, 54-year-old Walt Hazzard - once a basketball star at Overbrook High and UCLA, and for 10 seasons a guard in the NBA - is playing the game of his life. His family, those closest to him, would say he is winning. And if it's just a little at a time, that's fine with them. Hazzard, now a special administrative assistant and scout with the Los Angeles Lakers, suffered a stroke March 26 and underwent open-heart surgery shortly thereafter.
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November 18, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walt Hazzard, 69, the slick point guard who was a significant part of basketball dynasties at Overbrook High School and UCLA as well as an NBA star and coach of the Bruins in the 1980s, died Friday at Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. A West Philadelphia native, Mr. Hazzard was a key player on one of the best teams in Philadelphia scholastic history. As a junior, his 1959 Overbrook team, which also featured Wali Jones and Ralph Heyward, won the city championship after capturing 66 of its previous 68 games.
NEWS
November 19, 2011
You swore he could make the basketball do everything but sit up and speak. Walter Raphael Hazzard, on the loose and in an open court, was all silk and satin, a dribbling dervish who understood the angles and the precise geometry of the game, and had such velvet touch he could snuff a candle with a no-look pass. When he was 8, the Harlem Globetrotters came to Philadelphia and Walt Hazzard was a rapt witness. The ball became a part of him, almost as though surgically attached.
SPORTS
December 15, 1986 | By DICK WEISS, Daily News Sports Writer
When UCLA coach Walt Hazzard brings his nationally ranked Bruins into sold- out McGonigle Hall tonight for a long-awaited game against Temple, he will get a chance to show one of his former teachers just how much he has learned in the last 25 years. When Hazzard, one of the best guards ever to play in the Public League, was making a name for himself at Overbrook High in the late 1950s, his physical education instructor was none other than Owls coach John Chaney. Hazzard and his equally gifted teammate, Wally Jones, used to challenge Chaney to games of 1-on-1 all the time in gym class.
SPORTS
June 6, 2010 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The point guard for UCLA coach John Wooden's first national championship team was from Philadelphia, from Overbrook High. And the point guard from Wooden's last NCAA winner was from Philadelphia, from Overbrook again. "Bookends," said Andre McCarter, who never left the floor during UCLA's final glorious NCAA run under Wooden, who died Friday at age 99. McCarter said he didn't realize until some time later, watching a replay of the 1975 title game, that he scored the last basket of the Wooden era, driving the middle as the Bruins protected their lead.
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February 1, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
CECIL HIGHTOWER was practically a runt on the basketball courts. He was a mere 5 foot 10 in a sport dominated by giants. But Cecil had one advantage. He could jump phenomenally high, a talent that let him hold his own on the local basketball courts with the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and other Philly stars. In fact, while at West Philadelphia High School, Cecil set a school record in the high jump in 1960, clearing the bar at 6 feet 4. Charles Cecil Hightower Sr., a warehouseman for local companies, a coach who liked to impart his knowledge of sports to the young and a talented artist, died Dec. 24 at the age of 69. He was born in Philadelphia to Lovie Lee Beatrice Thomas and Charlies Claude Hightower.
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November 29, 2011
THIS WAS probably 1966 or 1967. I was 12 or 13. It was at a time when four or five white kids from the Northeast would hop on the Frankford El, totally unconcerned, and attend 76ers games at Convention Hall in West Philly. Tickets were affordable. We'd earned our spending money selling hot chocolate or game programs at Penn and Eagles' games. It was nighttime. It was cold. But our parents felt confident that we would be safe. And we had lots of fun. We watched the Sixers in what would become a championship season.
NEWS
November 20, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walt Hazzard, 69, the slick point guard who was a significant part of basketball dynasties at Overbrook High School and UCLA as well as an NBA star and coach of the Bruins in the 1980s, died Friday at Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. A West Philadelphia native, Mr. Hazzard was a key player on one of the best teams in Philadelphia scholastic history. As a junior, his 1959 Overbrook team, which also featured Wali Jones and Ralph Heyward, won the city championship after capturing 66 of its previous 68 games.
SPORTS
November 20, 2011 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
You swore he could make the basketball do everything but sit up and speak. Walter Raphael Hazzard, on the loose and in an open court, was all silk and satin, a dribbling dervish who understood the angles and the precise geometry of the game, and had such a velvet touch he could snuff a candle with a no-look pass. When he was 8, the Harlem Globetrotters came to Philadelphia and Walt Hazzard was a rapt witness. The ball became a part of him, almost as though surgically attached.
NEWS
November 19, 2011
You swore he could make the basketball do everything but sit up and speak. Walter Raphael Hazzard, on the loose and in an open court, was all silk and satin, a dribbling dervish who understood the angles and the precise geometry of the game, and had such velvet touch he could snuff a candle with a no-look pass. When he was 8, the Harlem Globetrotters came to Philadelphia and Walt Hazzard was a rapt witness. The ball became a part of him, almost as though surgically attached.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walt Hazzard, 69, the slick point guard who was a significant part of basketball dynasties at Overbrook High School and UCLA as well as an NBA star and coach of the Bruins in the 1980s, died Friday at Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. A West Philadelphia native, Mr. Hazzard was a key player on one of the best teams in Philadelphia scholastic history. As a junior, his 1959 Overbrook team, which also featured Wali Jones and Ralph Heyward, won the city championship after capturing 66 of its previous 68 games.
SPORTS
June 27, 2010
John Wooden was remembered Saturday in Los Angeles for being "one in a billion as a coach, mentor, and friend" during a memorial service uniting the decades of basketball players who helped him win 10 national championships at UCLA. "As a friend, whenever you reached out to him, he always reached back unconditionally," ex-player Jamaal Wilkes said of Wooden, who died June 4 at 99. "Coach led a good life, and he died a good death. " Former UCLA stars Henry Bibby , Keith Erickson , Gail Goodrich , Walt Hazzard , Marques Johnson , Andre McCarter , Bill Walton , Michael Warren , Sidney Wicks , and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all came back.
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