Basketball Hall of Famer and two-time NBA champion Bill Walton dies

Basketball Hall of Famer and two-time NBA champion Bill Walton dies

Bill Walton, who played for John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins before becoming a Basketball Hall of Famer and one of the biggest stars in basketball broadcasts, died Monday, the league announced on behalf of his family. .

Walton, who had a long battle with cancer, was 71 years old.

He was the Most Valuable Player of the NBA in the 1977-78 season, a two-time champion as a player and a member of the league’s 50th and 75th anniversary teams. All of that followed a college career in which he was a two-time champion at UCLA and a three-time national player of the year.

“It was truly one of a kind,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release.

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