Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton’s life in basketball has been anything but dull. The Big Redhead, as the 6 ft., 11 in. carrot top came to be known, played on two championship teams, both in college, at UCLA, and in the NBA, with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics. During his college career, he was the National College Player of the Year three times and turned in one of the most sensational individual performances in NCAA tournament history, making 21 of 22 field goal attempts and scoring 44 points in leading UCLA’s over Memphis State in the 1974 championship game. The native of La Mesa, Calif., is also known for attending 650 Grateful Dead concerts and overcoming his stuttering to enjoy a career as a colorful, quipping basketball analyst. He’s scheduled to come out of retirement this coming season to work Pac-12 Conference games for ESPN.
“Come on, that was no foul! It may be a violation of all the basic rules of human decency, but it’s not a foul.”
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