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Infotainment May 29, 2024

NBA legend Bill Walton dead at 71

Bill Walton, a two-time NBA champion and Hall of Fame basketball player, passed away on Monday at the age of 71 after a long battle with cancer, the NBA announced. Walton, known for his brilliant yet injury-prone career and later as a vibrant broadcaster, was surrounded by family at his passing.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver highlighted Walton’s unique personality and contributions both on and off the court, emphasizing his zest for life. The Indiana Pacers held a moment of silence for Walton before their playoff game against the Boston Celtics.

Walton’s basketball career began at UCLA under Coach John Wooden, where he won NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973. He was the first overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, leading them to a championship in the 1976-77 season and earning MVP honors the following year. However, his career was marred by injuries, causing him to miss significant time.

Despite these challenges, Walton had a successful stint with the Boston Celtics, contributing to their 1985-86 championship. Post-retirement, Walton transitioned to sports broadcasting and engaged in various charitable activities.

Julius “Dr. J” Erving expressed his sorrow on social media, calling Walton a beloved champion and character, and reflecting on their shared experiences as both competitors and colleagues.

Source – CGTN

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