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About Bill Walton

William Theodore Walton III (November 5, 1952 – May 27, 2024) was an American professional basketball player and television sportscaster. He played college basketball for UCLA and in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Portland Trail Blazers, San Diego / Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

One of the most decorated college basketball players of all time, Walton led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA titles as a sophomore and junior, in 1972 and 1973, capping a string of seven consecutive NCAA championships won by the Bruins from 1967 through 1973. He became a charter member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 after playing in the NBA from 1974 to 1987.

Following his playing career, Walton became familiar to a new generation of basketball fans as a broadcaster, known for his zany sense of humor, his unbridled enthusiasm and his infectious love for the game. At the same time, he remained — as he had been as a UCLA student — outspoken on social, political and environmental issues.

“Bill Walton was one of UCLA’s greatest icons, a towering figure on the basketball court who also maintained an immense presence in our community,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “He had incredible passion for life, for learning, for the game of basketball and for supporting environmental causes and advancing social justice. He was warm and generous, and he embodied the qualities of a true Bruin — excellence, perseverance and a profound commitment to making the world a better place.”

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