I know it is nearly 3 years since "Wonderful Walt " has passed on but, I think about him everyday and will think about everyday until I die.
He was my boyhood hero. His picture from Sports Illustrated graced my bedroom door, I wore sweatbands , rolled my socks the same way he did, made the same facial features when I played, wore number 42 when I could.
I played in high school and college. I coached Jr. college basketball and did it his way, with class.
Then I had the PLEASURE to meet him at a final 4 in Seattle , Washington when he got the UCLA job. We had a drink and I told him about my admiration for him. He was humbled that a layman like me admired him so. I had a friend take picture of us and the smile I have on my face would win any contest in America pertaining to smiles. That same friend had
that blown up for me and gave it to me for a Christmas gift.
I still having it hanging with all my sports awards.
Finally, we both are Kappas and that bought us great joy. Even thou this may never be read because of its tardiness , it has given me joy to write and say REST IN PEACE and MAY GOD BLESS YOU>>>> The greatest basketball player ever.
Nate Reid, Ann Arbor, Michigan
To the Hazzard family - you have our deepest sympathy - Walt's 7th Grade Classmates from Moton High School, Easton, MD
walt a three pointer nice shot three men i admire the most, ,took the last train for the coast the day the music died. blazers r in town.
he was a great man and person, we all will miss him
he was a great man and person, we all will miss him
Jalessa Yakub, Jalal, and Rasheed: Your Dad and my dear friend made me better man because of who he was and the way comported himself. The times we had shooting hoops at the basket in the driveway on Virginia. And, through Walt, I met John Wooden. How do I ever top that. We can't and wouldn't if we could.
From Diane, Krista Denise and the six grandkids we have been blessed with, together, we will never forget the man and heaven is a better for the appearance of da man!!!
To the family of Walt hazzard. My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the hearer of Prayer help you to endure this time of sadness and grant you peace as soken of at Psalm 65:2.
Thank you for being such a great coach And a good mentor And give me a chance to come to california to live a better life Thank you
To the Hazzard family.... will always remember Walt from my childhood and the 1964 team. My dad recruited Walt for UCLA and coached him and I would hang around the old women's gym at practice watching him play. Many memories... God bless Jaleesa and your boys. You will always be in all of our hearts.
Maisha, Alexina, Jalessa and to the rest of the family... People usually say that they are sorry for your loss. I know that you haven't lost Walt because he will always be in your heart and you will see him in his children, the kids he coached and in his friends. God blessed us all by his presence in our lives. We celebrate his presence and we release him with love, blessings and eternal light as he moves on to the next phase of his spiritual journey. Eternal peace, love, joy and enlightenment always.
Jalessa, my prayers are with you and the family. Keep the faith and be thankful you had him as long as you did. And it's never enough!
Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame
Wow, very surprised to read this on Yahoo news as I checked my email on Friday, 11/18/2011 while at work. Oh I miss you Coach, the boys (men, especially Jalal), and your beautiful wife, Mrs. Jaleesa. The world is going to miss you, your presence, and your beautiful spirit. God bless your family as they relive your spirit and your presence forever. God knows best but we're all blessed to have known you and the time that you graced this beautiful earth. Celebrate a great man as his legacy lives on forever. Peace, Love & Blessings,
Adriane Stevens (L.A. native) & Family
My condolenses to the loss of your wonderful love one walt. peace and love to the family.
To Jalessa,and family
We extend our condolenses to the family. My hope for all of you is that you are given the strenght to endure such a tremendous loss. Focas on the years you were blessed to have such a great father and husband. All of you are in our prayers.
Dr. Calvin J. Lawshe, Phd. Toledo, Ohio
As the veils between our worlds thin, allowing the energetic transition of Walt/Abdul, I thank you for the opportunity to be in the presence of great love. Be encouraged and know that he is in the presence of a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Simply he was the man! Coach got him to stop doing his behind the back dribble and play Wooden ball. Started the curse of "success" which is UCLA. On this note he was a UCLA iconic hero both a player and its coach. We will all miss him! Richard Moore (UCLA72), Roy Moore (UCLA80) and Mia Moore (UCI12).
Walt Hazzard came to my home my senior year of high school to recruit me to play for Chapman. He was a mentor and I was honored and blessed to be able to call him Coach. He and Jaleesa treated me like I was part of their family. He always told me: "You have to pay the cost to be the Boss". His wisdom lies deep within me.
Dearest Hazzard Family,
We are so grateful to God for bringing your father, Walt ("Mahdi Abdul Rahman") into our lives; we enjoyed many, many good times together and loved him so much. Abdul Rahman fought the good fight and was such an inspiration to all. We shared good times and the happy memories of those times will always be with us. Although he was a superb athlete that we had the pleasure for years watch develop, it was his friendship and spirit that we treasured the most. We will always remember Abdul Rahman with love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
In Sympathy, Friendship and Love,
Elzie and Barbara O. Chamberlain-Lewis
And The Chamberlain Family
My condolences to the Hazzard (& McIver) family. Words cannot express my sadness. I know you all are surrounded by love in the memory of the wonderful Walt Hazzard. You are forever in my prayers.
My deepest, most heartfelt symphathies to the family of Walt Hazzard. Knowing his spirit rests in the arms of love, joy, peace for ever and ever. Peace and Blessings
My deepest, most hearfelt sympathies to the entire family of Walt Hazzard.
Often people talk about the life and family Walt/Mahdi created after he arrived in California in 1960. Sometimes they miss the fact that he arose from roots planted in other places. He would not have been what he became without that foundation.
Walt Hazzard a.k.a.Mahdi Abdul Rahman was our big brother, the first child of Dr. Walter Raphael and Mrs. Alexina Ayers Hazzard, and he was raised for greatness. At our father's memorial, he talked about watching our Dad lead the procession of doctoral candidates as the lone black man in a sea of white faces at his graduation from Temple University in 1953. He said he knew then that he had to become a standard bearer too – one who would go where few dared to go. From our mother, who was an accomplished musician and a "friend of friends", Walt gained a passion for music and a heart of compassion and love.
Walt/Mahdi was an eloquent orator before his stroke in 1996. As a boy, he was featured as an unusually gifted speaker who often roused people to jump up and shout and stand in ovation. As a man, he was known to stand and extemporaneously deliver an impromptu speech with profundity and eloquence. He was a gym jock whom some assumed was only an athlete, not an intellectual; yet, he had been raised to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. Just as we did, he often rolled his eyes when our Dad asked one of his probing philosophical questions taken from a treatise by Plato or some other highbrow pundit. Nonetheless, that early cognitive prodding made Mahdi/Walt a profound thinker. As an athlete, he was spectacular; the Globetrotters tried to get him to join them because he could execute many of their tricks. He was an awesome shooter, on-court leader and play maker, and a startling passer. John Wooden as a coach never won anything of note before Walt Hazzard joined the UCLA Bruins. Walt was the first “Wizard of Westwood”. As an activist, he was in the middle of our parents' Civil Rights work beginning when he was 11 or 12 years old; he also championed fair wages, benefits, and conditions as a representative in the NBA Players Association. He was surrogate father to many children, providing guidance, advocacy, education, a home, and love.
We are proud to be the sisters of a great man, Walter Raphael Hazzard, Jr./Mahdi Abdul Rahman.
The words Jerry Buss said ''Walt was a man of extremely high Character, the word here is extremely high.
Mr. Hazzard was about something there was a purpose in his life he encourge people, he set standard. Our Heavenly Father, looks at familes that was his purpose to fill the earth with good familes. Hazzard was a great family man.
Let family find comfort in their relgious belief.
May God bless a tremendous athlete and a better person. We are all better individuals having known one of Philly's best representatives.
My condolences to the Family
Rest in Peace! Mr. Walt Hazzard
My prayers and sympathy go out to his family...rest in peace, Walt.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Just wish to offer my condolences to the family. May knowing that other care about your loss give you a measure of comfort .May the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comfort us in all our pain and sorrow comfort you now and in days ahead.
My condolences to the HAZZARD FAMILY at this sad time. RIP MR WALT HAZZARD.
Walt was a great player, both in college and in the pros. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. May God bless the Hazzard Family.
My heart goes out to Walt's Family.
My deepest sympathy to Walters' family.
Marilyn Jenkins Barton
May you and your family find comfort from God's word at Ecclesiastes 7:1 " A name is better than good oil, and the day of death than the day of one's being born."
Who could ever forget that dynamic backcourt of Goodrich and Hazzard..college b'ball at its best WITHOUT a big man in the pivot. RIP my friend,you were and are an inspiration to others.
May GOD keep BLESSING HIS fAMILY.. WALT WAS A HERO WE ARE PRaying for you all.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the family of Mr. Hazzard, May God bless the family in the time of brevement,may God keep you in his arms. God bless R. I. P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The precious memories of Walt Hazzard will bring you comfort. However, even in the face of calamity you can have hope. God will comfort and bless you at this critical time. Do not let your heart be troubled, (John 14:27). Complete reliance on "the God of all comfort" will help to endure his bereavement(2Cor.1:3,4).
My name is Edward Stuat, Bostonian.Walt Hazard was one of a kind.
Back when he played in the NBA he is the only one who could dribble
a ball like that. I have been waiting 50 years to see another person
dribble as he.He could put the ball in front of him,next to his right side
or left side, the ball would dribble behind him.,then to his left hand
beside him.Imagine standing still and dribbling the boll around you
in a 360 circle..He could move slow or very fast.,tempting the defense.
He was indefesably.With that circle dribble some teams tried to double team him.He would not stop his circle dribble.Two players
tried hard to steal and I mean as hard as any body could.He could
handle the ball so well it was never stolen. hE WAS SO VERY FAST,
when the two players tried to steal the ball,they learn he was baiting
them .He knew they could not stal the ball.He would go to a speed
he only had.IT LOOKED FUNNY SEEING THESE VERY GOOD
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TRYING TO CATCH HIM.HE WOULD SUCKER HIM IN BY GOING BELOW AVERGE SPEED.HE LET THEM TRY TO STEAL THE BALL AND THEY TRIED AS HARD AS ANY TWO GOOD
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS COULD.HE THEN MOVED SO FAST THE PLAYER WERE LEFT BEHIND TRYING IN VAIN TO STEEL THE BALL.
IT WAS LIKE LOOKING AT THE GLOBE TROTTER PLAYING WASHINGTON GENERALS.HE WOULD PASS THE BALL BECAUSE
TWO PLAYER WERE OUT OF PLACE.BOOM THE BALL WAS PASSED
ONCE OR TWICE, SWEET AN EASY SCORE.
WHEN WALT PLAYED,YOU COULD HIT PUSH REACH IN AND GRAB.
He WAS THE ONLY PLAYER OTHER TEAMS DID NOT DEFEND HIM
UNTILL HE WAS 75% UP THE COURT. THEY ALL WERE AFFRAID
HIS SPEED AND DRIBBLING SKILL WOULD CAUSE THEM TO BE A MAN DOWN. I KNOW HIS CHILDREN AND GRAND AND OTHER WERE THERE TO SEE HIM. HITTING SHOVING REACHING WAS
ALLOWED..IN THE 60'S HE WAS THE ONLY ONE THEY WOULD
NOT GUARD ONLY WHEN HE WAS GETTING CLOSE TO PASSING
DISTANCE. HIS MAN CHEAT TO WHERE HE THOUGHT WHERE THE
PASS COULD GO.NO ONE COULD PASS BETTER THAN WALT.
HE WAS A VERY,VERY GOOD PASSER.THE OTHE TEAM WAS UNABLE TO STOP HIS GREAT PASSES AND HE COULD SHOOT
JONNY MOST WHO BROADCASTED THE CELTICS WAS VERY NEGATIVE TWORDS OTHER TEAMS COACHES AND PLAYERS.
HE ALWAYS ENJOYED WATCHING HIM.CALLED HIM A GENTLE
MAN,A FAMILY MAN.JOHNNY PRAISED HIM WHICH FOR ANOTHER
TEAMS PLAYER WAS VERY,VERY VERY RARE.
STILL LOOKING FOR ANOTHER GREAT PLAYER LIKE WALT HAZZARD.IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS I SAW NONE.
WHEN I THINK OF GREAT PLAYERS, I THINK OF WALT HE WAS
ONE OF A KIND.
SOME DAY HE WILL BE IN THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL
HALL OF FAME.
HE WAS ALWAYS TO ME ONE OF THE GREATEST.
HE DID MUCH FOR THE GAME.WALT FRAZIER WAS CALLED CLYED
WALT BELLEMY WAS CALLED BUTTER BEAN BECAUSE IN THE NBA
THERE WAS ONLY ONE WALT,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COLLEGE,PRO,COACHING AND OTHER COTRIBUTIONS TO THE GREATEST GAME.
MAY YOU ALL HAVE PEACE THAT WILL PASS ALL UNDERSTANDING.
THANK YOU WALT.MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.YOU WERE ONE OF
Edward E Stuart KB1GLK
Heartfelt sympathies to the Hazzard family and loved ones. May the God of all comfort be with you.
I had the pleasure of competing in Walt's last NBA training camp (Detroit Pistons 1974) and was impressed with his professionalism and his concern for younger players...He was truly a legend!!!
my heart goes out to his fans and family at this time i read bout him he was one of a kind player back in the day and off the court i heard he was a nice good sweet caring person god bless his family and friends today and he will be missed
God bless Mr. Hazzard/Abdul-Rahman for such a rich, varied life which included a lot of giving. My deepest sympathies go to his widow and sons. God bless you all.
My condolences to the family at this sad time. "Even though I walk in the valley of deep shadow, I fear nothing bad. For you are with me; Your rod and your staff are the things that comfort me"
The NCAA 1964 tourney was the first one i ever saw on TV. Walt Hazzard and Gail Goodrich's plays were inspiring, and that generated excitement led to my never missing an NCAA Final Four ever since. Thank you Mr. Hazzard. God bless for a life well-lived.
I played very briefly with Walt Hazard in Atlanta in 1970. My memory is that he was a great player and great to be around.May he rest in peace.
At the end of each life is a legacy of love.. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. As the days and weeks pass and as you return to life routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of God, family and friend James 4:8 Draw close to God and he will draw close to you
My sympathy to the Hazzard family. may the memories of your loved one , and the sympathy of friends bring you comfort during this time of grief.
I am sorry for you loss. May the God of comfort who strengthens us in our trials and hardships sustain you at this most difficult time.
2 Cor 1:3,4
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
To the Hazzard Family,
I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolence. Walt accomplished so much and was dearly loved by many. Life is like a mist. May your fond memories sustain you and may you find comfort in prayer to God our Father, Romans 12:12
Dear Rasheed and the Hazzard family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. We only knew Walt from stories Rasheed would tell us when we met him in Boston. He was a very special man.
Joan Johnson and Charles Draghi
Rest in peace Mr.Hazzard.
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO THE UCLA GAMES ON RADIO IN THE 60'S. WALT HAZZARD WAS UCLA BASKETBALL. THE NAME WILL STAY WITH ME FOREVER. REST IN PEACE MR BASKETBALL.
To The Hazzard Family,
My prayers of comfort and sympathy are with you during this most difficult time.May the memories you shared bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead,may god and his angels watch over you all.