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Bill Walton Biography

Bill Walton was born November 5, 1952 and is a retired basketball player and current television sportscaster. The Big Red-Head, as he was called, achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early '70s and winning three straight College Player of the Year Awards and went on to have a prominent career in the NBA. Walton was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on May 10, 1993 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame that same year. He is the father of current Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton.

Walton was drafted number one overall by the Portland Trail Blazers and was hailed as the savior of the franchise. His first two seasons were marred by injury (at different times he broke his nose, foot, wrist and leg) and the Blazers missed the playoffs both years. It was not until the 1976-77 season that he was healthy enough to play 65 games and, spurred by new head coach Jack Ramsay, the Trail Blazers became the Cinderella team of the NBA. Walton led the NBA in both rebounds per game and blocked shots per game that season and he was selected to the NBA All-Star Game but did not participate due to an injury. Walton was named to the NBA's First All-Defensive Team and the All-NBA Second Team for his regular season accomplishments. In the postseason, Walton led Portland to a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals (famously outplaying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during the series)[6] and went on to help the Trail Blazers to the NBA title over the favored Philadelphia 76ers despite losing the first two games of the series. Walton was named the Finals MVP.

Since his retirement as a player, Walton has overcome a severe stuttering problem to become a successful and controversial NBA color commentator for NBC (1990-2002), Los Angeles Clippers (1990-2002) and ABC/ESPN (since 2002).



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NBA Legend Bill Walton Named Keynote Speaker at the 2017 RCI Convention

Posted on 27 December 2016 | 4:02 pm

NBA Legend Bill Walton is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the 2017 RCI Convention and Trade Show that’s happening on March 16-21 in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Hilton and the Anaheim Convention Center. Walton will be delivering his speech during the middle of the convention on March 18th and will speak from Read More

NBA Legend Bill Walton Speaks at the New England Institute of Technology Commencement Ceremony

Posted on 5 May 2016 | 6:45 pm

Bill Walton gave a speech at this year’s commencement ceremony for the New England Institute of Technology. The graduation took place on May 1st at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and Walton told motivational stories from his career to send off the newest graduates on campus into the world with a positive attitude and feeling. Read More

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton Signs Copies of his New Book “Back From the Dead”

Posted on 18 April 2016 | 6:31 pm

NBA legend Bill Walton appeared at various locations across the country to promote and sign copies of his new book titled “Back From the Dead”. In late March he visited the BookEnds in Ridgewood, New Jersey and the Barnes & Noble a few days after in Los Angeles, California. He has one more stop to Read More

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