NBA Hall of Famer and Trail Blazers legend Bill Walton dies at 71 after prolonged fight with cancer 

He was the NBA’s MVP in the 1977-78 season, the league’s sixth man of the year in 1985-86 and a member of the league’s 50th anniversary and 75th anniversary teams.  

Bill Walton led UCLA to an 88-game winning streak, the longest in NCAA history, and won two national championships in 1972 and 1973.

Played 468 games combined with the Portland Trail Blazers, the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers and the Boston Celtics. He averaged 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds 

Walton led Portland to the 1977 NBA title, then got his second championship with Boston in 1986.

his outstanding career and contributions to the game, Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. 

After several injury-riddled seasons, Walton revived his career with the Boston Celtics. In 1986, he won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award 

After retiring, Walton became a basketball commentator. Known for his often-humorous commentary, he brought a unique and entertaining perspective to the game

In 1974, Walton was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, selected by the Portland Trail Blazers and was named to the All-Rookie First Team

Bill Walton was a legendary player and a singular personality who genuinely cherished every experience throughout the journey of his extraordinary life