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Jack Haley, Former NBA Player, Dies at Age 51

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 17, 2015

CHICAGO - JUNE 16:  Jack Haley #54 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates winning the1996 NBA Championship after defeating the Seattle SupperSonics in Game Six of the NBA Finals on June 16, 1996 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Former NBA center and power forward Jack Haley, who played for four teams in 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998, has passed away at the age of 51.Β Β Β 

The Orange County Coroner Division of the Orange County Sheriff's website confirmed the news, per Todd Harmonson of the Orange County Register. Harmonson added, "The coroner's site said Haley died at Los Alamitos Medical Center on Monday afternoon and that there were no signs of foul play."

Haley's family provided a statement:

It is with great sadness that the Haley family announces the passing of our beloved father, son, and brother. Jack was honored and grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA for nine years, alongside world-class athletes with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and New Jersey Nets.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, who coached Haley during two different stints with the Chicago Bulls in 1989 and 1995, reacted to the news on Twitter:

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

Jack Haley😞-member of Bulls 95-96 team of ages. RIP.

Former Bulls legend Scottie Pippen also tweeted out his condolences after learning Haley had passed away:

Scottie Pippen @ScottiePippen

Very sorry to hear my old teammate, Jack Haley, has passed away. Great guy who I stayed in touch with over the years. RIP

Haley only appeared in one game for that legendary Bulls team in 1995-96 that won a record 72 games, scoring five points in seven minutes. His friendship with Dennis Rodman was also a key aspect of his professional life, playing with the controversial star in San Antonio and Chicago.Β 

In addition to his time with the Spurs and Bulls, Haley played for the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers issued a statement on their official website, and general manager Mitch Kupchak provided the following words: "Jack was a hard worker and always very professional. He was proud to wear the Lakers uniform, and he was always a credit to our organization and the Lakers family. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this time."

Haley, a fourth-round draft pick out of UCLA in 1987, averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game during his NBA career.

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