- NAME: Bill Walton
- OCCUPATION: Basketball Player, Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: November 05, 1952 (Age: 61)
- EDUCATION: Helix High School, University of California, Los Angeles
- PLACE OF BIRTH: La Mesa, California
- Full Name: William Theodore Walton III
- AKA: William Theodore Walton
- AKA: Bill Walton
- Nickname: "The Big Redhead"
- AKA: William Walton
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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American basketball star Bill Walton was a three-time college player of the year and a successful broadcaster after an injury-marred NBA career.
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The injuries returned and limited Walton to 10 games in 1986-87. He called it quits after attempting a comeback during the 1988 preseason, finishing his career with averages of 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
His stuttering problems behind him, Walton successfully transitioned to television broadcasting in 1991, becoming known for his hyperbolic opinions and references to favored musical acts, most notably the Grateful Dead and Neil Young.
Despite all of the injuries he suffered over his career, Walton was recognized as one of the game's top all-around big men when he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, and again when he was named one of the NBA's all-time "50 Greatest Players" in 1996. Seven years later, Walton watched as his son, Luke, followed in his NBA footsteps as a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Walton was forced to step down from regular broadcasting duties after experiencing severe back pain, but he underwent spinal surgery in 2009 and returned to his familiar spot in the booth in 2012.
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