Remembering UCLA great Bill Walton

Former UCLA great Bill Walton has died of cancer at the age of 71.
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On May 27th, 2024, it was announced that Bill Walton has passed away at the age of 71.

Bill Walton was a legendary basketball player who achieved greatness at UCLA and in the NBA.

• In college, he led UCLA to two consecutive NCAA championships and was named three-time National Player of the Year from 1972 to 1974.

• He was drafted number one overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, Walton helped them win an NBA championship in 1977, earning himself Finals MVP honors.

• Even though there were portions of Walton's career where he was injured, he still won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award in 1978 and the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1986. He helped the Boston Celtics win the 1986 NBA championship.

• Beyond basketball, Walton is known for his outspoken personality, political activism, and dedication to the Grateful Dead. He worked as a broadcaster and advocate for advancements in medical technology.

Let's look back at his most memorable quotes.

"“He told us that he had made a mistake by leaving the word love out of the Pyramid of Success. And that love is the single most powerful and important word in our language and culture. And until we allow the power of love to supersede the love of power, none of us has any chance of success at all. There.”

— Bill Walton"

"“The great thing about being a broadcaster is you have this incredible responsibility to the people that make it all happen, the people that turn on the television set.”

— Bill Walton"

"“If you’re living for today, if you’re only dreaming about yesterday, it doesn’t work. You got to know that tomorrow is going to be better. Then you’re on your way.”

— Bill Walton"

"“Life is about growth. People are not perfect when they’re 21 years old.”

— Bill Walton"

"“Health is a function of three things. 1. Luck 2. Genetics and 3. Choices in your lifestyle.”

— Bill Walton"

"“There are no guarantees in life. The simple twists of fate and the breaks of the game are the two maxims that define so much of the success and failure in life.”

— Bill Walton"

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