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RIP Jack Haley, basketballer

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  2. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    What did he die of? The word around Seal Beach was he liked the bottle.
  3. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    Played for the Lakers for a bit, too, didn't he?
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Best known late in his career as the guy who had a roster spot solely because management thought he could keep Dennis Rodman out of trouble.
  5. WCIBN

    WCIBN Member

  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Yes, a few games.

    Also was actually a valuable guy off the bench, relatively-speaking, for some horrible Nets teams in the pre-Coleman/Anderson/Petrovic era.
  7. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    And he was one of the game's elite towel wavers.
  8. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    Not surprising that he and Rodman connected as they had similar back stories as "free spirited" late-bloomers who didn't reach the League until the age of 25. As I recall, the story on Haley was former surfer dude who didn't take up basketball until he was college-aged.

    Managed to last a full decade in the league (and a spot on arguably the greatest team in history), despite the fact that I can't ever recall him being a regular rotation player for anyone. A nice story. Sad ending.
  9. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Active Member

    Covered his teams at UCLA. He was a great guy who got by on hard work. Helps to be that tall, but his skills were limited. He was always a go-to guy for interviews when Walt Hazzard went on his rants or Reggie Miller got surly. One year after an NCAA opener, he was grabbed by the piss patrol and, because he was pretty dehydrated, it took him an hour and a gallon of water before he could give them a sample. There were still a couple of writers waiting for him. He stayed and answered every question even though the rest of the team had already departed for the hotel.
    He was a good guy. RIP, Jack.
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