Ex-Laker Haley, Sportscaster McDonnell Die
March 19, 2015
By Mitch Chortkoff
Within a few days last week two well-known men from the local sports scene passed away.
Last Friday death claimed Joe McDonnell, who covered sports for four decades, primarily on various radio stations. He was known as The Big Nasty and teamed with Doug Krikorian on an especially popular show.
McDonnell lost considerable weight and seemed to be doing well. His death shocked many friends and ESPN radio had a two-hour tribute to him, hosted by Jeff Biggs.
Haley, a 6-10 center, played at UCLA and was a fourth round draft choice of the Chicago Bulls. He played for the Lakers in 1992 and was a member of the Bulls’ NBA championship team in 1996.
“Jack was a true professional,” said Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak.
McDonnel lost a considerable amount of weight
On Tuesday, Jasck Haley died. He was a starter UCLA and went on to a nine-year NBA career, including Lakers.