Former Bruin Patterson dies
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Steve Patterson, a former center for the UCLA
basketball team, died from lung cancer. He was 56.
Patterson, who died Wednesday at his Phoenix home, had been undergoing
radiation treatment after recently being diagnosed with cancer.
The 6-9 Patterson was the big man for three UCLA national championship teams
and might be best remembered for playing with the Bruins after legendary
center Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and before Bill Walton anchored the
middle at UCLA.
Patterson, who played in Westwood from 1969-71, was a second-round pick of
Cleveland in the 1971 NBA Draft. He played four seasons with the Cavaliers
before spending one final year with Chicago.
After his playing days, Patterson was the head coach at Arizona State from
1985-89 and he led the Sun Devils to a 48-56 record.