Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Hello. Some features on this site require registration. Please click here to register for free.

Hello and thank you for registering. Please complete the process by verifying your email address. If you can't find the email you can resend it here.

Hello. Some features on this site require a subscription. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month.

Bill Walton dies at 71: 'Truly one of a kind' Basketball Hall of Famer succumbs to cancer

Walton was a two-time NBA champion, MVP and Hall of Famer

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who won the 1978 MVP Award and two championships with the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics, has died at 71, the league announced on Monday. Walton passed after a prolonged bout with cancer.

"Bill Walton was truly one of a kind. As a Hall of Fame player, he redefined the center position," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release. "His unique all-around skills made him a dominant force at UCLA and led to an NBA regular-season and Finals MVP, two NBA championships and a spot on the NBA's 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 32June 3, 2024 2:12 AM

Walton's first season in Boston was magical, as he missed just two games, won Sixth Man of the Year and helped the Celtics win the title. His presence is why the 1986 Celtics are still regarded as one of the best teams of all time.

by Anonymousreply 1May 27, 2024 6:06 PM

Such beautiful natural teeth!

by Anonymousreply 2May 27, 2024 6:07 PM

Aw, man. He was such a a likable nut.

by Anonymousreply 3May 27, 2024 6:09 PM

How large was his penis?

by Anonymousreply 4May 27, 2024 6:46 PM

A shocker. Next to the then-Lew Alcindor, the most dominant center in US college basketball.

by Anonymousreply 5May 27, 2024 6:48 PM

If not for an injury-curtailed pro career, he would have been on the Mt. Rushmore of NBA centers.

by Anonymousreply 6May 27, 2024 6:58 PM

A very good guy, although pretty much a kook.

by Anonymousreply 7May 27, 2024 7:09 PM

During one of his injury-shortened years, he was admitted to Stanford's law school, finishing year one before returning to the NBA. He was a longtime liberal.

by Anonymousreply 8May 27, 2024 7:10 PM

A Deadhead from way back when.

by Anonymousreply 9May 27, 2024 7:14 PM

A good man. May he Rest In Peace

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 10May 27, 2024 7:17 PM

[quote] How large was his penis?

By reputation, enormous.

by Anonymousreply 11May 27, 2024 7:18 PM

As has been said, but for his serious feet injuries he would be one of the top 5 basketball players of all time. His performance in college championship game against Memphis State was the most dominant basketball performance I ever saw, college or pro. Yep, I'm old. I was at UCLA with him, took a course in the History of American Racism with him and sat down in the streets of Westwood with him protesting that war. Infinite number of times I saw him standing head and shoulders about the other Deadheads. And I was always amused by his stream of consciousness commentary.

A one-of-a-kind.

Let it be known there is a fountain

That was not made by the hands of men

There is a road, no simple highway

Between the dawn and the dark of night

And if you go, no one may follow

That path is for your steps alone

by Anonymousreply 12May 27, 2024 7:26 PM

He never lived down his defeat in the 1974 semifinals to Tommy Burleson & NC State. All that stood in the way of a three-peat national championship.

by Anonymousreply 13May 27, 2024 7:34 PM

R13 Are you high? (If so, Bill would approve..)

We twice won NBA champion (1977, 1986), and twice won the NCAA championship (1972, 1973), was NBA Finals MVP (1977), NBA Most Valuable Player (1978), Twice NBA All-Star (1977, 1978), Three times National college player of the year (1972–1974) - his game against Memphis State in the 1973 championship was the greatest, most dominant by a college player ever - 44 points, 21/22 shooting, 20 rebounds. three time consensus first-team All-American (1972–1974)

But he'll be remembered for his 1974 loss to NC State. Right. Sure.

by Anonymousreply 14May 27, 2024 7:50 PM

I’m serious, R14. Decades later, he would still speak of how much that ‘74 loss stung.

by Anonymousreply 15May 27, 2024 8:04 PM

Kareem, whom - with his past health issues - I thought we would lose before Bill, pays tribute to his friend.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 16May 27, 2024 11:48 PM

Befitting his status, his death warranted front page coverage in today’s Times’s print edition.

by Anonymousreply 17May 28, 2024 10:39 AM

This Mike Breen story about Bill Walton (and Breen's father) is really great. Long, but absolutely worth the listen (4:10).

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 18May 28, 2024 11:46 PM

Thanks for sharing, R18. What a lovely story.

by Anonymousreply 19May 28, 2024 11:57 PM

A more light-hearted story from Rich Eisen (about shooting a Katy Perry video with Bill). Also very long...but with a great pay-off at the end. What an incredible treasure Rich Eisen has!

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 20May 29, 2024 1:01 AM

Ah, another great story. Thanks, R20.

by Anonymousreply 21May 29, 2024 1:30 AM

R12 your anti-war protests were several years late….

by Anonymousreply 22May 29, 2024 1:41 AM

Walton had arches like a woman in high heels. He would fracture the bones of his feet running up and down the court.

He was a great Deadhead. When Kevin McHale (Frankenstein's ballplayer) had foot problems Walton convinced him that if he went to see the Dead and put his feet up to the speakers he would be healed. He wasn't but it was a good try.

Best sixth man I've ever seen. Walton was great.

by Anonymousreply 23May 29, 2024 1:44 AM

Thanks r20, I enjoyed that story and tribute!

by Anonymousreply 24May 29, 2024 2:01 AM

Verificatia of sizemeat?

by Anonymousreply 25May 30, 2024 1:55 AM

R12 Was Sam Gilbert your hook-up too? 😂

by Anonymousreply 26May 30, 2024 7:48 AM

Are there no hoop fans at CBS?!

by Anonymousreply 27June 2, 2024 11:15 PM

^ Oops. Bill's merely listed as "Sportscaster, NBA player."

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 28June 2, 2024 11:16 PM

Fire on the Mountain indeed...

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 29June 3, 2024 12:33 AM

A white guy played basketball? Quit lying to us

by Anonymousreply 30June 3, 2024 12:43 AM

Are Doncic & Jokic not white?

by Anonymousreply 31June 3, 2024 12:58 AM

R31 Exactly.

by Anonymousreply 32June 3, 2024 2:12 AM
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.


Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!