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L E’s Stories – A Grand Old Wise Sequoia Fell Quietly In The Forest Today – Our Salute To Bill Walton, The Luckiest Guy On Earth And Only Deadhead Red Basketball Legend Center In The Naismith Hall of Fame & The Collegiate Hall of Fame – Part 1

Our story today begins with a great deal of anticipation and excitement about uncovering and discovering the life and legend of one of our very favorites from the world of sports and sports commentary…..who was like no other in the history of basketball and basketball commentary…..as a person who always gave more of his heart and soul with every experience during his storied career…..for Bill Walton became a legend of the game…..while being able to create his own distinct legend of commentary behind the sports microphone…..and any way you cut the pie, established himself as The One and Only, Bill Walton…..cuz there will never be another quite like him.  At 6’11” tall (he didn’t want to be known as a 7 footer), with a basketball IQ that was off the charts…..when Bill Walton established himself as the most dominant center to roam the paint on the basketball court from 1969 to 1979…..during which time he led his Helix High School to two California State Championships in 1970 and 1971…..only to follow that up with two undefeated seasons and two NCAAM Basketball Championships in 1972 and 1973 at UCLA under Coach John Wooden…..which was followed by two NBA World Championships in 1977 as a Portland Trailblazer and in 1986 as a Boston Celtic…..and when his 39 major orthopedic surgeries wouldn’t allow him to run up and down the court anymore…..after playing with significant pain for the better part of his basketball career…..that is when he combined his intellectual talents with his love of basketball along with his basketball IQ and his “gift of gab” into a 30 years sportscasting career…..which all led him into The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame  When you put his lifetime legacy of being an activist (social, environmental, political, racial et al) alongside his lifetime love and loyalty to the music of The Greatful Dead…..while achieving in induction into Grateful Dead’s Hall of Honor…..and being recognized as A True Believer by drummer Mickey Hart…..who referred to Walton as “part of our family and not just a fan, but a true believer”.  For all of this and so much more…..we home you enjoy our video life and legend of Bill Walton…..truly a ONE OF A KIND!!

NBA & Sportscasters – Mini Documentary Special – “In Memoriam: Bill Walton (1952-2024)” – 2024 – An NBA Production Special – “A Larger Than Life Figure On And Off The Court, Hall of Famer Bill Walton Was Truly One Of The Giants Of The Game While Playing As Well As In The Booth Behind The Microphone At The Game”    

William Theodore Walton III (November 5, 1952 – May 27, 2024) was an American professional basketball player and television sportscaster…..who played college basketball at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Portland Trail Blazers, San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics…..while cultivating his membership in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame from 1972 to 1989.                     

 

 

NCAAM & NBA – An ESPN Documentary Special – “Bill Walton – Sports Century” – 2016 – A SQUADawkins Production Special – “Bill Walton Was One Of The Greatest Players Of All-Time…..Who Suffered More Physically Than Any Other Great Center In The History of Basketball”                                                                                  

 

Walton played his college ball for coach John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins …..while winning three consecutive national college player of the year awards in 1972, 1973 and 1974…..when he lead UCLA to NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973…..as the team established an incredible 88 straight game winning streak during that stretch.  After being selected as the 1st overall pick in the 1974 NBA draft…..that’s when Bill Walton led the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA championship in 1977…..while earning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award that season…..which he followed with the 1978 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and an NBA championship with the Trail Blazers…..for which he was also named Finals MVP…..albeit Walton’s professional career was significantly hampered by multiple foot injuries requiring numerous surgeries…..as Walton sat out the 1978–79 season…..and was then signed by the Clippers…..for whom he played four injury-plagued seasons.  His career was rehabilitated during two seasons with the Celtics at the end of his career…..while playing as a backup center behind Robert Parish…..when Bill Walton earned the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award during the 1985–86 season…..in addition to winning his 2nd championship that same season.  He was named to the NBA’s 50th and 75th anniversary teams…..as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

NCAAM & NBA – Mini Documentary Special – “Bill Walton:  Shocking Painful Death, Wife & Children, Lifestyle, Cars, Houses And Net Worth” – 2024 – A TRUTH ABOUT THEM Production Special – “William Theodore Walton III Was An American College and Professional Basketball Player and A Celebrated Top-Shelf Television Sportscaster…..Who Is A Member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.”                                                                                                                           

 

After retiring from the NBA, Walton overcame stuttering and embarked on a 2nd career as a sportscaster…..while working both as a studio analyst and color commentator with stints for several networks and teams throughout his sportscaster career…..in which he earned an Emmy Award in 1991…..as  Walton was a fan of the Grateful Dead’s music…..as he self-described himself as a “Deadhead”…..while mentioning them often in his broadcasts.  Also, he hosted several podcasts and satellite radio programs featuring the music of the Grateful Dead.                                                                                                                 

 

 

NBA & Talk Shows – Live On The Late Show With David Letterman Letterman – With Guest Basketball Legend Bill Walton On Mark Cuban, Going Under The Knife 31 Times And Much More – 2002 – A Letterman Production Special – “Great Oddball Personality And Genuinely Unique Character Who Lived Life To The Fullest In 71 Years.”                                                                                                                                           

 

Walton was born and raised in La Mesa, California, the son of Gloria Anne (née Hickey) and William Theodore “Ted” Walton, Jr…..and was raised with siblings Bruce, Cathy and Andy. The Waltons’ La Mesa home was a hillside home on Colorado Avenue, just below Lake Murray.  Walton’s father Ted was a music teacher and social worker and his mother Gloria, a librarian.  His parents had interests in art, literature, politics and music.  Walton took music lessons…..and although his parents were not sports-oriented, Walton followed in the footsteps of his older brother Bruce…..who had gravitated toward sports.  When the Walton children were in junior high and high school, their father formed an informal family band…..when Bruce played trombone, Bill played baritone horn, Andy played the saxophone and Cathy played drums (or flute or tuba).                                                                                           

 

 

NCAAM & NBA – Mini Documentary – “Bill Walton: The NBA’s Greatest ‘What If?’ Ever” – 2022 – A Clayton Crowley Production Special – “Bill Walton Only Started In 117 Games Over His 14-Year NBA Career…..And Was Still Elected To The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame…..Plus Was Named One Of The 50 Greatest NBA Players Of All Time…..While Being Significantly Hampered By Debilitating Foot and Leg Injuries Over The Course Of His Career That Left Him As One Of The Greatest Players Ever…..AND A Player Who Didn’t Get To Achieve His Full Potential?”                                                                                                                                                   

 

Walton first played organized basketball under Frank “Rocky” Graciano….. who coached at Walton’s Catholic elementary school.  Walton said that Graciano “made basketball fun and really emphasized the joy of playing the team game. I was a skinny, scrawny guy. I stuttered horrendously, couldn’t speak at all. I was a very shy, reserved player and a very shy, reserved person. I found a safe place in life in basketball.”  Walton played high school basketball at Helix High School in La Mesa alongside his brother Bruce….. who was one year older at 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) and 250 pounds (113 kg)…..plus, Bruce was a star football player as well.  If Bill Walton was getting physical treatment in a basketball game, Bruce returned the treatment.  “When those opposing teams would try to get physical with me, Bruce would do whatever it took to protect me”, Walton recalled. “He went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys.  Bruce and I are the only brother combination in history to ever play in the Super Bowl and to win the NBA championship.”  Bruce was quoted as saying, “When they would begin to rough up Bill, I would look at coach and he would give me a nod”, recalled Bruce.  “Yes”, said Gloria Walton, “then when the referee wasn’t looking, Bruce would give the player an elbow and let him know that the skinny guy was his kid brother.”                           

 

 

NBA – ESPN Inside 30 For 30 Biography Of Bill Walton: “The Luckiest Guy In The World” – Featuring Dave Pasch (PAC 12 Sportscasting Partner With Bill Walton) + Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead Drummer + Friend) + Lenny Wilkins (Bill Walton’s 1st NBA Coach At Portland) + Danny Ainge (Celtics Teammate + Friend) – 2023 – An ESPN Production Special – “Wonderful Personal Insights About The Unique Player & Sportscaster That Helped To Make The Legend Of Bill Walton”                                                                             

 

Walton’s struggle with injury and pain began while at Helix High School….. where he broke an ankle, a leg, several bones in his feet and underwent knee surgery.  Before his sophomore season, Walton underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage on his left knee…..when because of his recovery from the knee surgery, Walton played most of his sophomore year on the junior varsity team…..as Coach Gordon Nash promoted him to the varsity team the end of the season…..but, he played in only six games and did not start any of them.                 

 

 

NBA – Special Rare Interview – Portland Trailblazers Star Center Bill Walton Gives Interview On His Season Ending Injury With Ted Dawson – 1974/75 – A NorthwestCamera Production Special – “Bill Walton, The Star Center Of The Portland Trailblazers Had Just Suffered A Season-Ending Foot Injury Our Company Rushed To Complete This Interview”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

NBA – A Book Bill Walton To Speak Special – “Sports Injuries Take Toll On Bill Walton’s Play, But Surgery Saves Career” – 2017 – A Bill Walton – D’Amelio Network Production Special – “Bill Is An Authentic And True Original Who Personifies Greatness and Is One Of The Most Compassionate Figures In Sports With An Extraordinary Record Of Giving Back Through His Work With Numerous Charities And Non-Profits”                                      

 

Between his sophomore and junior years of high school (age 15–16), Walton grew from 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) to 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)…..when Coach Nash played Bill and Bruce Walton together in the paint…..albeit, Bill was taller, but frail as he had not filled out his growing frame…..so, Bill was unable to play a complete game without resting. “He would simply get too tired”, recalled Nash. “When that happened, he’d tell me and I’d take him out.”                                                                        

 

 

NCAAM & NBA – Special – Bill Walton College Class Guest Lecturer – 2024 – A NICE NIVON Production Special – “Bill Walton in Video Just Months Before His Death to Cancer Lecturing About His Hall of Fame Player And Commentator Career, His Collegiate National Championships & NBA Championships, and Old Video Of His Injuries”                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

While Walton was in high school in 1967, the NBA expansion San Diego Rockets came to town. The Rockets had no set practice facility and would often play pick-up games at Helix High School…..when the Rocket players learned that to get into the Helix gym they could call the teenage Walton….. who had his own gym key.  Walton recalled Elvin Hayes calling and telling his mother, “Tell Billy, Big E is calling and we need him to open the gym tonight. I said, ‘Mom, that’s Big E! Give me the phone!’ I was never so embarrassed in my life. Elvin and I are still close friends. All of those guys all [sic] still my friends to this very day.”                                                                                                                              

 

 

NBA & NCAAM – Mini Documentary Special – “Bill Walton Made Us All Smile” – 2024 – A Synthetic Sports Production Special – “Earlier This Week, The NBA Lost A Truly Unique Individual, Bill Walton…..One Of The Best Players Of His Generation, And One Of The Most Iconic Commentators Of All Time”                                                   

 

“We had the best gym in San Diego…..and all the Rockets players wanted to go there”, Walton reflected. “They had some great teams with Elvin Hayes and Calvin Murphy and future head coaches and broadcasters such as Pat Riley, Rick Adelman, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jim Barnett, and Stu Lantz. All these guys treated me—little Billy—like I was part of the team. They couldn’t have been nicer, and I became their friend.”  Walton overcame all obstacles and led Helix to 49 consecutive victories in his two varsity seasons.  Helix won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship in both 1969 and 1970…..while finishing 29–2 in 1968–69 and 33–0 in 1969–70…..and when he graduated he was about 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) tall…..and had averaged 29 points and 25 rebounds his senior year…..as Helix finished 33–0 and were state champions that season.  As a senior in 1969–70, Walton made 384 of 490 shot attempts at a clip of 78.3%…..which is still the all-time national record. In addition, Walton’s 825 rebounds that season ranks # 3 all-time…..plus, his 25.0 rebounds per game in a season still ranks # 7 all-time.  In 1970, Walton was featured in “Faces in the Crowd” in the January 26 issue of Sports Illustrated…..which was his 1st national media recognition.  “It was a dream come true to be a part of a special team”, Walton said. “Helix is where it all began. It was a humbling honor and privilege to be on the same squad as true legends Monroe Nash, Wilbur Strong, Phil Edwards, and Bruce Menser. I’m the luckiest guy on Earth.”                                                                                                 

 

 

HS Basketball & NCAAM & NBA – ESPN 30 For 30 Docuseries – ” NBA Legend Bill Walton is ‘The Luckiest Guy In The World'” – 2023 – A Localish Production Special – “Acclaimed Chicago-based Director Steve James Has Made A Career Creating Documentaries…..When ESPN Approached Him To Direct A Docuseries On The Life Of NBA legend Bill Walton…..It Was An Opportunity He Couldn’t Pass On”                                                               

 

Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum…..who was then an assistant coach at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under John Wooden…..when he was sent to watch Walton play…..as Crum 1st saw Walton in 1968 as a high school junior…..while being dubious at first when hearing of Walton…..but went to scout him anyway. “I came back and told Coach Wooden that this Walton kid was the best high school player I’d ever seen”, Crum recalled….. and since beginning in elementary and continuing throughout high school, Walton had loyally followed UCLA’s basketball team on the radio.  He was recruited by many colleges…..but quickly accepted UCLA’s scholarship offer to play basketball for the Bruins and Coach Wooden…..who would not only coach Walton through college…..but became a lifetime mentor to Bill Walton…..who said of Coach, “I was John Wooden’s easiest recruit. I became his worst nightmare. I drove the poor guy to an early grave when he was 99. I had three different periods of my life in my relationship with him: (1) when I was a high school student and he was recruiting me; (2) when I played for him when I was 17 to 21; (3) and then 36 years of being his friend.  I had no idea what we had at UCLA.  I thought everybody had the same thing: great parents, great schools, great neighborhoods, great colleges, great coaches. Then I joined the NBA. And I realized immediately that I had just absolutely blown this whole deal with John Wooden. And so I spent the rest of my life, first of all, trying to make it up to him; and second of all, no longer [bringing] consternation into his life.”                                                                                                                      

 

 

NCAAM & NBA – The Construction Leadership Podcast Presents “Bill Walton Explaining Who Was The 1st Great Basketball Player” – 2024 – A The Universe Galaxy NBA Production Special – “Bill Walton’s Two Favorite John Wooden Maxims: “Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry”…..and….”Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail.”                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Walton played for UCLA under Coach Wooden from 1971 to 1974. His older brother Bruce played football at UCLA, enrolling a year ahead of Bill. Bill Walton led the Bruins to two consecutive 30–0 seasons and the NCAA men’s basketball record 88-game winning streak. The UCLA streak contributed to a personal winning streak of 142 games that lasted almost five years, in which Walton’s high school, UCLA freshman (freshmen were ineligible for the varsity at that time) and UCLA varsity teams did not lose a game from the middle of his junior year of high school to the middle of his senior year in college.                                                                                                                                           

 

 

NCAA Basketbaall – UCLA Men’s Basketball Special – “Bill Walton On UCLA Coach Wooden And The Wooden Effect” – 2019 – A Bill Walton – D’Amelio Network Production Special – “Bill Walton On Learning About Life From John Wooden, A Master Teacher”                                                                                                                                                                          

 

Prior to joining the varsity team, Walton (18.1 ppg, 68.6% field goal accuracy), along with Greg Lee (17.9 ppg) and Keith Wilkes (20.0 ppg), was a member of the 20–0 1970–71 UCLA freshman team.  The varsity UCLA team, led by seniors Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, and Steve Patterson defeated Villanova in the 1971 NCAA Championship Game for UCLA’s 5th consecutive NCAA title.  After Walton initially refused to cut his hair as an incoming freshman, Coach Wooden told Walton “we’ll miss you.”…..so, Walton then rode his bike to a nearby barber.                                                                                                 

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – UCLA Basketball Special – “College Basketball’s Greatest Players: Bill Walton” – 2010 – A 805Bruin Production Special – “A Clip About Bill Walton, One Of College Basketball’s All Time Greatest Players”                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

The 1971–72 UCLA basketball team had a record of 30–0…..while winning its games by an average margin of more than 30 points…..when averaging 94.6 points to opponents’ 64.3.  With Walton playing alongside Henry Bibby, Larry Farmer, Wilkes, Lee, and Swen Nater, UCLA finished 14–0 in the Pac 8 Conference.                                                                                                                                   

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Men’s National Semifinal Game (Extended Highlights) – Louisville Cardinals Vs UCLA Bruins – 1972 – A 1BigBucks1 Production Special – “Bill Walton And His UCLA Bruin Teammates Win NCAA Semifinals Game Victory Over Louisville Cardinals”                                                                                                                                                       

 

In the 25-team 1972 NCAA tournament, UCLA defeated Weber State 90–58 …..then they defeated Long Beach State and coach Jerry Tarkanian in the Western Regional final 73–57 to reach the Final Four…..when playing 20 minutes due to foul trouble, Walton had four points and 12 rebounds in the victory over Weber State…..while taking only one shot. He had 19 points and 11 rebounds against Long Beach State.  In the 1972 Final Four, Walton had 33 points and 21 rebounds, on 11 of 13 shooting and 11 of 12 free-throws, against Louisville in the NCAA semifinal…..as UCLA won 96–77…..then in the NCAA championship game, he had 24 points and 20 rebounds in the Bruins’ 81–76 victory over Florida State……as Walton was named the 1972 NCAA basketball tournament Most Outstanding Player.  Overall, in 30 games in 1971–72, Walton averaged 21.1 points and 15.5 rebounds…..while shooting 64.0% from the field.  He was named 1st-team All-American with Jim Chones of Marquette, Bo Lamar of the Louisiana-Lafayette, Ed Ratleff of Long Beach State, and Tom Riker of South Carolina.                                                                            

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Men’s National Championship Game (Extended Highlights Part 1) – Florida State Seminoles Vs UCLA Bruins – 1972 – A 1BigBucks1 Production Special – “Bill Walton And His UCLA Bruin Teammates Cap Off A 30 – 0 Undefeated Season With A NCAA Championship Game Victory Over Florida State”   

 

 

UCLA again finished 30–0 overall and 14–0 in the Pac-8 conference in 1972–73…..while the Bruins averaged winning by over 20 points…..and averaging 81.3 points to their opponents’ 60.1.  In the 25-team 1973 NCAA tournament   UCLA defeated Arizona State 98–81…..and then whipped San Francisco in the West Regional Final 54–39 to reach the Final Four…..as Walton had 28 points and 14 rebounds against Arizona State, on 13 of 18 shooting…..and 9 points and 14 rebounds against San Francisco…..while taking only 7 shots.  In the 1973 Final Four, the Bruins won the national semifinal 70–59 over Indiana and Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight. Walton had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists against Indiana.                                                     

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Men’s National Semifinals Game (Extended Highlights) – Indiana Hoosiers Vs UCLA Bruins – 1973 – A Meinas video archive Production Special – “Bill Walton And His UCLA Bruin Teammates Extend Their Undefeated Season To 29 – 0 With An NCAA Men’s Championship Semifinal Game Victory Over Coach Bobby Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers”                                                                                                                                                                               

 

In the 1973 NCAA title game against Memphis State, Walton had arguably the best individual performance in an NCAA championship game…..which was the 1st held on Monday night.  At the St. Louis Arena on March 26, Walton scored 44 points on near-perfect 21 of 22 shooting…..as he added 13 rebounds, two assists and one block, to lead the Bruins to a 7th straight national title, 87–66 over Memphis State…..as the Tigers were led by head coach Gene Bartow (who replaced Wooden at UCLA three years later)…..with players Larry Kenon and Larry Finch. Walton set the record for most points in an NCAA championship game…..which still stands…..while being awarded as the tournament’s most outstanding player.  Walton was hurt and left the game for the final time, with UCLA leading, 75–62 and just under three minutes remaining.  Playing with four personal fouls, Walton fell hard to the floor on a play and injured his left knee and ankle. He then limped off the floor, receiving an ovation from the 19,301 fans.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

NCAAM Basketball – Men’s National Championship Game (Entire Game) – Memphis State Tigers Vs UCLA Bruins – 1973 – A The Hoosier Fanatic Production Special – “Bill Walton And His UCLA Bruin Teammates Extend Their Undefeated Season To 30 – 0 With An NCAA Men’s Championship Game Victory Over The Memphis State Tigers”                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

“I don’t think anything ever meant as much to me as playing UCLA and one of John Wooden’s best teams for the national championship”, Bartow said in 1993. “We were able to go right through the press.” At halftime, the game was tied 39–39. Bartow added, “I felt very good at halftime, very good. But to win, we also felt we had to control Walton. We couldn’t let him dominate the game. Obviously, we didn’t do a good job of that. Bill Walton probably had one of the best games anybody ever had in the history of college basketball.”                                                                                                                                 

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Men’s National Championship Game (Bill Walton Greatest Game Highlights) – Memphis State Tigers Vs UCLA Bruins – 1973 – A Larry Legend Production Special – “Record Breaking Performance By Bill Walton With 44 points on 21/22 FG Shooting – Amazing Game!!!”                                                  

 

“Coach Wooden looked at me and said, ‘Walton, I used to think you were a good player until you missed that one shot,'” Walton said.  Overall in 1972–73, Walton averaged 20.4 points and 16.9 rebounds in 30 games on 65.0% shooting…..as UCLA again finished 30–0 (14–0 in the Pac-8 conference). Walton was a consensus All-American alongside Ernie DiGregorio of Providence, Ed Ratleff of Long Beach State, David Thompson of North Carolina State, and Kermit Washington of American.

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Highlights Film Special – “UCLA’s Walton Gang” – Featuring Bill Walton’s UCLA Career – 2010 – An 805Bruins Production Special “A Short Clip About The Famed ‘Walton Gang’ At UCLA In The Early 1970’s.”                                                                                                                                                                             

 

Walton’s political personality was alive in his collegiate years on the UCLA campus. “One of the saddest days for Coach Wooden was the day he came down and had to bail me out of jail after I got arrested in the anti-Vietnam (War) protest. He said, ‘Bill, I know you feel very strongly about this, but I just don’t think that you getting arrested and taking part in this demonstration is what it’s all about”, recalled Walton.  “I had no problem with him during the season”, Wooden said of Walton’s college days. “Off the floor I worried. I worried when he was thrown in jail with the group that took over the administration building, I worried when he stopped traffic on Wilshire Boulevard, and when he interrupted classes giving his views on the Vietnam War.”                                                                                                                        

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – UCLA Basketball Special – “Aaron Torres Telephone Interview With Bill Walton” – 2020 – An Aaron Torres Production Special – “A Clip From An Torres Interview With The Legend Bill Walton When He Explains Why He Chose UCLA & The Time Coach John Wooden Bailed Him Out Of Jail!”                                         

 

In Walton’s senior year, UCLA’s 88-game winning streak ended with a 71–70 loss at Notre Dame on January 19, 1974. Walton played wearing a back brace, as he had suffered a major back injury in a fall against Washington State the week before…..when he was undercut by a Washington State player and broke two bones in his spine…..which remained damaged until corrective surgery in 2009…..as he missed three games…..but, he made 12 of his 1st 13 shots and the Bruins led Notre Dame by 17 points at halftime…..when UCLA was leading 70–59 with 3½ minutes remaining…..however, they were outscored 12–0, missing six consecutive shots with four turnovers. As was his belief, Wooden did not call time-outs late in games and stuck with the strategy. The Irish made six shots in a row, winning on Dwight Clay’s shot with 29 seconds left, as Notre Dame prevailed 71–70. Walton, who missed a 12-foot shot off an inbounds pass to win the game as time expired, finished with 24 points and nine rebounds…..when he said of his efforts that day, “A complete failure on all levels, particularly as a human being. A disgrace to the game of basketball, a disgrace to sport.”                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

NCAAM Basketball – UCLA Basketball Highlights Special – Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs UCLA Bruins – 1974 – An tjnd88 Production Special – “The Last 7 Minutes Of UCLA Vs Notre Dame Game In An Attempt To Extend The Bruins 88 Game Win Streak”

 

A week later, the Bruins beat the Fighting Irish 94–75 at home.  Later in the season, UCLA dropped consecutive games in consecutive days at Oregon and Oregon State, nicknamed “the Lost Weekend” “There were so many problems”, Walton said of the losses. “Injuries [he missed games with a bad back]. Team chemistry. It was just a nightmare.”  UCLA finished 26–4 and 12–2 in the Pac 8 Conference, with Walton playing alongside Keith Wilkes, David Myers, and Marques Johnson.  In the 25 team 1974 NCAA tournament, UCLA defeated Dayton 111–100, in a game where Walton had 27 points and 19 rebounds…..then they next defeated San Francisco 83–60 in the Western Regional Final to reach the Final Four…..as Walton tallied 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists against San Francisco.                                                                

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – NCAA Men’s Basketball Game of the Week – UCLA Bruins Vs Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish (Extended Highlights) – 1974 – A tjnd88 Production Special – “Sportscasting Legend Dick Enberg Makes The Call On The Last 7 Minutes Of Notre Dame’s Ending Of UCLA’s 88-Game Win Streak”                                                          

 

In the 1974 Final Four, UCLA’s record seven consecutive national titles was broken. North Carolina State defeated the Bruins 80–77 in double overtime in the NCAA semi-finals…..when Walton played 50 minutes and scored 29 points, adding 18 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss…..while this UCLA vs North Carolina State game was ranked # 13 on USA Todays list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time…..while Walton called the game the most disappointing outcome of his entire basketball career…..as UCLA had a 5-point lead late in regulation and a 7-point lead in the 2nd overtime, before NC State with David Thompson rallied to win, 80–77.  “David Thompson’s a great champion. He is a wonderful person and a very special human being”, Walton said. “He was really fun to play against. He was a dynamic big moment guy, and I just wish I could have risen to the occasion.”                                                                                                                               

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – National Championship Semifinals Extended Highlights – UCLA Bruins Vs North Carolina State Wolfpack – 1974 – An rss empresas Production Special – “North Carolina State Defeats UCLA In Double Overtime To End UCLA’s 88 Game Win Streak”

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – NCAA Men’s National Semi-Finals Game (Entire Game Dbl OT) – N C State Wolfpack Vs UCLA Bruins – 1974 – A Basketball VHS archives Production Special – “Amazing Footage of One of the Greatest College Games of All Time!…..Featuring 7 Future NBA Players…..As The Teams Actually Ran Plays”                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

“That failure has plagued me, and will, it is a stigma on my soul, and there’s no way I can get rid of it.” Walton said of the loss, “We could have, we should have won them all, and we didn’t get it done. And when you’re in that position, it’s the worst feeling in the world. That’s the timelessness of pain and suffering; the agonizing, the reflection and the endless questioning of yourself. When you’re right there and it’s there for you and the whole world is watching, and it’s recorded as history that can never be changed, that is a terribly heavy burden.”                                                                                                              

 

 

NCAAM Basketball & Sportscasters – ESPN’s PAC 12 Basketball Game of the Week – With Color Commentator Bill Walton + Play-By-Play Partner Dave Pasch Along With Comedian Frank Caliendo Who Imitates Bill Walton – 2020 – A Pac-12 Networks Production Special – “Comedian and Imitation Expert Frank Caliendo Joined ESPN’s Broadcast of Arizona State vs. Oregon Men’s Basketball To Imitate The legendary Bill Walton Behind The Mic.”                                                                                                                                           

 

UCLA had to come back and play in the NCAA 3rd place game…..in which they eventually defeated Kansas. “I didn’t want to play and I told Coach Wooden that. We had a bitter argument over that, and I lost that argument, too”, said Walton, who took only three shots as UCLA had a 78–61 win. He played 20 minutes in his last game for UCLA and Coach Wooden. “Twenty minutes too much”, he said. 

                                                                                                     

 

NCAAM Basketball – ESPN College Basketball Special – “Jeremy Schaap Hosts Outside the Lines Featuring UCLA Coach John Wooden” (Part 1) – 2010 – An 805Bruin Production Special – “Jeremy Schaap Conducts A ‘What Was It Like Playing For Coach Wooden’ Interview With Former Players Kenny Washington + Jamaal Wilkes + Marques Johnson + Keith Ericson + Lynn Shackleford + Bill Walton”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

NCAAM Basketball – ESPN College Basketball Special – “Jeremy Schaap Hosts Outside the Lines Featuring UCLA Coach John Wooden” (Part 2) – 2010 – An 805Bruin Production Special – “Jeremy Schaap Conducts A ‘What Was It Like Playing For Coach Wooden’ Interview With Former Players Kenny Washington + Jamaal Wilkes + Marques Johnson + Keith Ericson + Lynn Shackleford + Bill Walton”                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                      

Overall, as a senior, Walton averaged 19.3 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists.  He was named 1st Team All-American alongside Marvin Barnes of Providence, John Shumate of Notre Dame, David Thompson of North Carolina State, and teammate Wilkes of UCLA.  In his 87 career games at UCLA, Walton shot 65.1% from the field, averaging 20.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists…..while leading UCLA to an amazing 86–4 in Walton’s three seasons.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

NCAAM Basketball – UCLA Basketball Special – “The Undefeated UCLA Men’s Basketball Championship Team” – 2010 – An 805Bruin Production Special – “A Profile Of The 1973 NCAA Champion UCLA Men’s Basketball Team Featuring Bill Walton”                                                                                                                                    

 

Walton was the 1973 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Walton also received the USBWA College Player of the Year and the Naismith College Player of the Year as the top college basketball player in 1972, 1973 and 1974…..while earning Academic All-American honors in 1972, 1973 and 1974.  Many college basketball historians rate Walton as the greatest who ever played at the college level.  Walton left UCLA to begin a new life in professional basketball and kept a lifetime friendship with Coach Wooden. “Coach Wooden never talked about winning and losing, but rather about the effort to win. He rarely talked about basketball, but generally about life. He never talked about strategy, statistics or plays, but rather about people and character. Coach Wooden never tired of telling us that once you become a good person, then you have a chance of becoming a good basketball player.”                                                

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – UCLA Basketball Special – “Bill Walton: Clutch Player” – 2010 – An 805Bruin Production Special – “A Short Clip About UCLA Bruin Basketball Sensation Bill Walton As A Clutch Player”                        

 

Walton was drafted by the American Basketball Association’s Dallas Chaparrals in the 1973 ABA draft as an underclassman in an attempt to lure him from UCLA. In the locker room after the 1973 Championship game, Coach Wooden introduced Walton to representatives of the ABA…..who hoped to convince him to turn pro. “Of which I had no interest in doing”, Walton said…..then the following year in 1974, the ABA’s San Diego Conquistadors tried to persuade Walton to sign with them, after drafting him in the 1974 ABA draft.  San Diego had also signed Wilt Chamberlain as a player-coach as further incentive. Walton was not swayed.                                                         

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – UCLA Basketball Special – “Kareem Abdule Jabbar’s Memories Of Bill Walton: “My Rival, My Brother & My Close Friend” – 2024 – An Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Production Special – “Basketball Legend Kareem Abdule Jabbar Shares Some Memories And Stories That Help You To Remember Him As a Fierce Competitor….But An Even Greater Humanitarian.”                                                                                                   

 

Walton was the # 1 overall pick by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers in the 1974 NBA draft…..as Walton signed with the Trail Blazers…..albeit his 1st two seasons in Portland were marred by chronic foot injuries…..plus, in addition, during his 1st two years, Walton badly sprained an ankle, broke his left wrist twice, dislocated two toes, dislocated two fingers, broke a toe and injured his leg in a jeep accident.  As a rookie in 1974–75, Walton averaged a double-double 12.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 blocks in 35 games…..as the Trail Blazers with Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, and LaRue Martin finished 38–44 under player/coach Lenny Wilkens.                                             

 

 

NBA – Rare Documentary – A “Fast Break Film” Special – “The Portland Trailblazers From 1977/1978 Championship Season Featuring Bill Walton” – 2024 – A harold3w Production Special – “Featuring Rare Footage From the Legend Himself Bill Walton and the Rest of The Portland Trailblazers Crew Including Coach Dr. Jack Ramsay…..Along With Footage of Bill Walton Bike Riding, Nature Walking, Playing Basketball Et Al Other Things Of A True Basketball Legend Who Will Be Sorely Missed!!”                                                    

 

In 1975–76, Walton averaged 16.1 points, 13.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 blocks in 51 games as Portland, with rookies Bob Gross and Lionel Hollins, finished 37–45.                                                                                                                                      

 

 

NBA & News – CBS Channel 8 San Diego Sports Reporter Jerry Gross Interviews Bill Walton Before The Start Of His Second Year With The Portland Trailblazers – 1978 – A CBS 8 San Diego Production Special – “A Candid Interview With Bill Walton Before His 2nd Season With The Trailblazers”                                                   

 

In 1976–77 season Walton played in 65 games and, spurred by new head coach Jack Ramsay, Walton and a newly acquired ABA draftee in Maurice Lucas, the Trail Blazers became the Cinderella team of the NBA…..when in a pre-season meeting with his new coach, Walton had advised Ramsay, “Coach, don’t assume we know anything.”  Walton led the NBA in both rebounds per game with 14.4 and blocked shots per game with 3.2….. as he was selected to the NBA All-Star Game…..but did not participate due to an injury.  Walton was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Second Team for his regular-season accomplishments…..when he averaged 18.6 points, 14.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 blocks and Portland finished 49–33.                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

NBA – Portland Trailblazers Special – “Prime Bill Walton 1977 Playoffs Highlights G.O.A.T.!’ – 1977 – A ZGL Production Special – “An Offense And Defense Highlights Compilation Of One of the Greatest Centers Ever, Bill Walton, In His Playoffs Run To The 1977 NBA Championship…Which Includes His Very Specific Low Post Moves During One of the Greatest NBA Playoffs Performance Of All Time!”                                                                

 

In the 1977 postseason, Walton led # 3 seed Portland to series victories over the Chicago Bulls with Artis Gilmore (2–1) and the Denver Nuggets with Dan Issel (4–2)…..when he averaged 17.3 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.3 blocks in the 1st round series against the Bulls…..then in the Nuggets series Walton averaged 17.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 3.0 blocks…..and in a 4–0 series sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1977 Western Conference finals…..that’s when Walton averaged 19.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.3 blocks playing against fellow UCLA alum Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.                                                                                                                                     

 

 

NBA – NBA World Championship Finals Game 1 (Extended Highlights) – Portland Trailblazers Vs Los Angeles Lakers – “Featuring The Bill Walton vs Kareem Abdul Jabbar Duel” – 1977 – A 70sFan Production Special – “Albeit Bill Walton’s Feet Were Already Breaking Down By The Time The Trailblazers Reached The Finals In 1977, He Still Had A Dominating Performance On One Of The Greatest Centers Of All Time”                             

 

Portland matched up in the 1977 NBA Finals against the favored Philadelphia 76ers…..when after losing the 1st two games, the Blazers won four straight to win the NBA championship…..as Walton scored 20 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in the clinching Game 6 victory…..and was named the Finals MVP with averages of 18.5 points, 19.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.7 blocks…..which prompted Philadelphia 76ers coach Gene Shue to comment after the series: “Bill Walton is the best player for a big man who ever played the game of basketball.”                                                                                                            

 

 

NBA – NBA Championship Finals – Philadelphia 76’ers Vs Portland Trail Blazers – Game 6 (Entire CBS Broadcast) – 1977 – A Dave Volsky’s Back Door Production Special – “This Is An All-Time Great Game Featuring Two Of The Most Incredible Players Of All Time….Dr. J & Bill Walton”                                                                     

 

The following season, the 1977–78 Trail Blazers won 50 of their first 60 games…..as Walton averaged 18.9 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 blocks in 58 games…..but “Big Red” then suffered a broken foot, ending his regular season.  During this time, he befriended the controversial writer Jack Scott…..who wrote and published a book about him in 1978…..albeit Walton nonetheless won the 1978 NBA Most Valuable Player award…..and the Sporting News NBA MVP, as well. Walton played in his only NBA All-Star Game in 1978…..and was named to both the NBA’s First All-Defensive Team and the All-NBA First Team.                                                                                                                    

 

 

NBA – NBA Championship Finals – Philadelphia 76’ers Vs Portland Trail Blazers – Extended Bill Walton Highlights – 1977 – A LakersDynasty42Production Special – Bill Walton Dominates Finals Game 6 With 20 Points + 23 Rebounds + 7 Assists + 8 Blocks”                                                                                                                       

 

Portland finished the regular season 58–24 and Walton returned for the 1978 NBA playoffs. He was injured and lost for the remainder of the playoffs in the second game of the first-round series against the Seattle SuperSonics. After having received a painkilling injection to play, X-rays taken after Game 2 revealed the navicular bone below Walton’s left ankle was broken. Portland lost the series to Seattle in six games…..as Walton would never play for the Trail Blazers again.  During the off-season, Walton demanded to be traded, citing unethical and incompetent treatment of his and other players’ injuries by the Blazers’ front office…..but did not get his wish…..and sat out the entire 1979 season in protest.  Walton eventually signed with the San Diego Clippers when he became a free agent in 1979.  In five seasons with Portland, Walton played in 209 games, averaging a double-double of 17.1 points and 13.5 rebounds, with 4.4 assists and 2.6 blocks.                                                              

 

 

NBA – NBA Playoffs – Seattle Supersonics Vs Portland Trail Blazers (Extended Game 1 Highlights – 1978 – A Floating through the News Production Special – “Highlights Of Trailblazers Vs Seattle Supersonics Game 1 Prior To Bill Walton Season Ending Injury Early In Game 2”                                                                                                    

 

On May 13, 1979, Walton signed as a veteran free agent with the San Diego Clippers…..as the Portland Trail Blazers received Kevin Kunnert, Kermit Washington and a 1980 1st-round draft pick (Mike Gminski was later selected) as compensation ordered by the NBA…..when Walton reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $7 million contract.                                                                               

 

 

NBA & News – Channel 8 San Diego Sports Report Covering Press Conference Announcing Bill Walton Being Traded From Trailblazers To The Clippers –  1979 – A CBS 8 San Diego Production Special – La Mesa native Bill Walton signs with the San Diego Clippers in 1979″

 

 

NBA – Special Commentary – “Sportscaster Ralph Lawler Reminisces About Bill Walton’s Time With The Clippers” – 2019 – A Bally Sports West Production Special – “As Bill Walton’s Ties With Ralph Lawler Go Back Before They Shared The Booth Together”                                                                                                                       

 

Due to injuries, Walton spent more time on the disabled list than on the court with his hometown team.  In his 1st season with San Diego, Walton played 14 games for the Clippers in the 1979–80 season…..while he re-fractured the navicular bone in the 4th 1979 exhibition game and subsequently missed all of the 1980–81 and 1981–82 seasons, undergoing several surgeries on his injured foot. Walton ignored doctors who said he would never play again and underwent surgery to restructure his left foot in 1981…..when his high arch, which made the foot bones susceptible to breaking, was lowered to relieve the stress on the bones.  Following extensive rehabilitation, which included biking and sand volleyball, Walton’s foot began to improve; after playing only 14 games from 1979 to 1982, he played 33 games in 1982–83 under doctor’s orders to play about one game per week. He played in 55 games in 1983–84, and a then-career-high 67 in 1984–85, by which time the Clippers had relocated to Los Angeles.                                              

 

 

NBA – NBA Game Of The Week – San Diego Clippers Vs Boston Celtics (Game Highlights) – 1984 – A LamarMatic Production Special – “Los Angeles Clippers’ Bill Walton Has An Impressive Offensive Game With 19 points + 12 Rebounds + 8 Assists + 7 Blocks….As The 1983-1985 Clippers’ Bill Walton Was Actually Sneakily Good While Playing About 70-80% As Good As His Own Prime Version While Missing Only 42 Of The 164 Games Those Two Seasons”                                                                                                                     

 

“When you fail in your hometown, that’s as bad as it gets, and I love my hometown”, said Walton of his tenure in San Diego. “I wish we had NBA basketball here, and we don’t because of me. It’s my greatest failure as a professional in my entire life, I could not get the job done in my hometown. It is a stain and stigma on my soul that is indelible. I’ll never be able to wash that off, and I carry it with me forever.”  On Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Walton commented, “The checks bounced higher than the basketballs when Donald Sterling took over. The basketball was awful, and the business side was immoral, dishonest, corrupt, and illegal. Other than that, it was all fine.” In 169 games with the Clippers, Walton averaged 11.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.3 blocks, shooting 53.2%…..as the Clippers never finished near .500 or made the playoffs in his tenure with the franchise.  As his feet became more durable, the Clippers had won 30 and 31 games in his final two seasons.  At age 32, Walton wished to move to a winning franchise and reached out to teams after the season ended in 1985…..so, after the 1984–85 campaign, Walton called on two of the league’s premier teams, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers…..when after several players on the Celtics said they liked the idea of having Walton as a teammate backing up Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, Red Auerbach made the deal happen. One anecdote that particularly illustrates Walton’s decision to choose the Celtics over the Lakers involves Larry Bird…..who happened to be in Auerbach’s office when Walton called…..as Bird said that if Walton felt healthy enough to play that it was good enough for him…..which was opposed to Lakers GM Jerry West…..who was hedging his interest in Walton pending a doctor’s report.  On September 6, 1985, Walton was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Boston Celtics for Cedric Maxwell and a 1986 1st round draft pick when Arvydas Sabonis was later selected.                                                                        

 

 

NBA – NBA Game of the Week – Portland Trailblazers Vs. San Diego Clippers (Extended Highlights) – 1982 – A Ryan Van Dusen Production Special – “December 26, 1982 – After Years of Recurring Foot Injuries And a Season Lost Due to Self-Imposed Protest, 1977 NBA Finals MVP Bill Walton Finally Seemed to Be Turning a Corner by Returning to the San Diego Clippers Lineup in 1982…..And Per Doctor’s Orders, Walton was on a One-Game-a-Week Diet at the Season’s Outset While Making His Boxing Day Showdown Against His Former Team, the Portland Trail Blazers While Scoring 25 Points + 8 Rebounds + 7 Blocked Shots”                                       

 

Walton described doctors looking at his X-rays at the hospital after he arrived in Boston: “And then Red, he bursts in through the double doors … and he’s smoking his cigar in the hospital, and he walks in and says, ‘Who are you guys and what are you doing with my player?’ And they’re saying, ‘Red, come here. Look at this. Look at his feet. Look at his face. We can’t pass this guy.’ And Red says, ‘Shut up. I’m in charge here.’ And Red pushes his way through all the doctors, comes over. I’m lying on the table there in the doctors examining room. Red looks down at me. He says, ‘Walton, can you play?’ I looked up at him with the sad, soft eyes of a young man who just wanted one more chance. One more chance to be part of something special, to be part of the team, to be with the guys one more time. And I looked up at him, and I said, ‘Red, I think I can. I think I can, Red.’ And Red, through the smoke, with a big, cherubic grin on his face, looked at the doctors, looked at me, and he said, ‘He’s fine. He passes. Let’s go. We’ve got a game.’ And we were able to go out and win a championship. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. Thank you Red Auerbach. Thank you Larry Bird. Thank you Boston Celtics. Thank you people of New England. Thank you Celtic nation. Wow. What a dream come true.”                                                                                                                                           

 

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Documentary – “The 1986 Boston Celtics Video Yearbook” – 2016 – A Peter Winson Production Special – “Led By MVP Larry Bird, The 1986 Celtics Went 67-15 in the Regular Season, Including a 40-1 Record At Home…..As This Video Takes A Look At the Entire Regular Season and Playoffs With Some Outstanding Behind The Scenes Footage of Kevin McHale, Bill Walton, Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish and Others”                                                                                                                                                   

 

In his 1st time in a Celtics uniform in the Boston Garden, Walton received one-minute standing ovation from the Boston home crowd walking onto the court for his first exhibition game in 1985.                                                             

 

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 1 – “Banner Year 1986:  Assembling The Team” – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “First Step to Winning a Championship? Assemble the team…..so, In the Summer of 1985, Red Auerbach Did Just That By Bringing Key Pieces Jerry Sichting and Bill Walton to Boston to Round Out the Roster”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 2 – “Banner Year 1986:  Ball Movement” – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “The 1986 Boston Celtics Team Was Known For Their Exceptional Ball Movement….. While Having Great Court Vision And Awareness To Take Advantage of Any Opportunities The Defense Would Give Them”

 

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 3 – “Banner Year 1986:  Larry Bird’s Greatness “ – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “What Larry Bird Was Able To Do, On And Off The Court, Defied Description…..As He Was A Competitor Like No Other, Who Cared About One Thing…..Winning!!”                                                                     

 

Walton played a career-high 80 games for Coach KC Jones and the Celtics during the 1985–86 season. Walton averaged 7.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks in 19 minutes, and finished with a career-high 56.2 field goal percentage…..while providing a reliable backup to Kevin McHale and Robert Parish…..and playing alongside Larry Bird, Danny Ainge and Dennis Johnson…..as Walton received the 1986 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in route to the NBA championship…..while Bill Waltone became the only player to have won an NBA Finals MVP, Sixth Man Award and regular season MVP.  The 1986 NBA playoffs were Walton’s taste of the postseason in nearly a decade, at age 33…..while backing up McHale and Parish, he averaged 6.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.0 blocks in 19 minutes as the Celtics’ had a 3–0 sweep in the Eastern Conference 1st round over the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan (43.7 point average in the series).                               

 

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 4 – “Banner Year 1986:  The Legend Of Bill Walton” – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “Bill Walton’s Reputation Preceded Him…..As The Celtic Players Looked At Him As A Legend On The Court…..And He Brought A Positive Energy To The Locker Room.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 5 – “Banner Year 1986:  The Original Big 3” – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “The 1986 Team Was The First True Super Team, With The Original Big 3 of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish At Its Core…..When They All Prioritized The Team Over Individual Achievements.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 6 – “Banner Year 1986:  The Bench” – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “The Bench Not Only Provided Quality Minutes While Giving The Starters A Break In Each Game….But Also Challenged Them Every Day In Practice To Get Better.”                                                                           

 

In the Celtics’ 4–1 series win over the Atlanta Hawks with Dominique Wilkins in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, Walton averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 13 minutes.  In the Eastern Conference Finals 4–0 sweep against the Milwaukee Bucks, Walton averaged 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 18 minutes.                                                                         

 

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Highlights Special – “Larry Bird and Bill Walton: Basketball Magic (1986 Boston Celtics” – 2015 – A Larry Legend Production Special – “What Happens When You Put Two Of The Smartest Basketball Players Ever On One Team?”                                                                                                                            

 

In the 1986 NBA Finals, the Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets with “Twin Towers” Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson 4–2 to win the NBA Championship…..as Walton averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks in 19 minutes, in helping the Celtics win the championship. “I knew we had something going when we got Walton”, Larry Bird said on Walton and the 1985–86 Celtics. “It was all a matter of if he could stay healthy. We already had a pretty good team, and I think adding him and (Jerry) Sichting really helped us. Robert Parish accepting Bill Walton for who he is and what kind of player he was, I thought that was major. That’s the best team I’ve ever been on, no question about that. I mean, we were good from top to bottom.”

 

 

NBA – Boston Celtics Special Part 7 & 8 – “Banner Year 1986:  Sweet Sixteen” – 2020 – A Boston Celtics Production Special – “The Road To The Championship…With Only 1 Loss At Home All Season Long…..As No Team Has Ever Done That Before Or Since!!”

 

“It wasn’t important to me because I had no say in the personnel decisions, but what I was impressed with was Bill Walton’s character”, Parish said of Walton joining the Celtics. “He thought enough of me to make sure I was comfortable with him being on the team. That’s why I have the utmost respect for Bill Walton and that’s the main reason why he was my inductee into the Hall of Fame. Bill Walton is my main man, for that reason.”  

 

 

NBA & News – NBC 7 San Diego Sports Special Report – “NBC 7 Talks To Ralph Lawler, Bill Walton’s Best Friend And Former Broadcast Partner – 2024 – An NBC 7 San DiegoProduction Special – “Bill Walton’s Best Friend And Former Broadcast Partner Ralph Lawler Spoke With NBC 7’s Todd Strain About Walton’s Life And Legacy.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

From our standpoint here at ImaSportsPhileAcademy…..Bill Walton  accomplished more than several lifetimes full of personal statements and successes by the time turned 30 years old…..but it was what he excelled at after his playing career than distinguishes him from the field….not just as a play…..cuz as we come to the end of Part 1…..we can assure you that Part 2 tells the story of his legendary status as a basketball broadcaster, an activist of the highest order of which he was openly visible regarding where he stood on the subject that requires activism…..while being disarmingly honest…..and Part 2 covers each part of his incredible life. 

 

 

END OF PART 1 – BILL WALTON’S LIFE AND LEGACY

 

 

BILL WALTON’S LIFE AND LEGACY PART 2 BEGINS WITH NEXT POST

 

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