"Happy was a long-time teammate and a long-time friend," said Jerry West, who spent 40 years with the organization as a player, coach and executive.
I'll miss him." Hairston played six seasons with the Lakers and joined West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich and Jim McMillian on the 1971-72 team that set a record for consecutive wins that is unmatched in professional sports.
And of course, he was a terrific rebounder." A tenacious rebounder and tough defender, Hairston averaged 15.2 points and 12.4 rebounds while with the Lakers.
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