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NBA Hall of Famer and Legendary Broadcaster Bill Walton Dead at 71

Jan 18, 2024; Stanford, California, USA; PAC-12 Network play-by-play commentator Bill Walton after the game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington State Cougars at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Robert Edwards-USA TODAY Sports

In a sad turn of events, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton has died at the age of 71 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Walton had an incredible career on the basketball court and in the booth as he accrued millions of fans across the world thanks to his flashy style of play and unique commentary style.

 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on Walton’s passing, saying, “Bill Walton was truly one of a kind. As a Hall of Fame player, he redefined the center position. 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.”

“Bill then translated his infectious enthusiasm and love for the game to broadcasting, where he delivered insightful and colorful commentary that entertained generations of basketball fans,” Silver continued. “But what I will remember most about him was his zest for life. He was a regular presence at league events – always upbeat, smiling ear to ear, and looking to share his wisdom and warmth. I treasured our close friendship, envied his boundless energy, and admired the time he took with every person he encountered.”

While members of the sports community worldwide are deeply saddened by Bill Walton’s death, his larger-than-life personality and love of life and everything in it will live on forever.

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