William Theodore Walton III is a former professional basketball player and television sportscaster in the United States. He was a UCLA Bruins basketball player who won three consecutive national college player of the year awards (1972-1974) while leading UCLA to NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973 and an 88-game winning streak.
Walton led the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA championship in 1977 after being selected first overall in the 1974 NBA draft. He was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player that season. In 1986, he won another NBA championship with the Boston Celtics. In 1993, Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the NBA, Walton overcame his stuttering and pursued a second career as a sportscaster, mostly for ESPN, but also for several other networks and teams. In 1991, he received an Emmy Award. As a self-described “Deadhead,” Walton is a big fan of the Grateful Dead and frequently mentions them in his broadcasts. He has hosted several podcasts and satellite radio programs featuring Grateful Dead music.
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Bill Walton is a $20 million net worth American retired professional basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton joined the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1970s after establishing a reputation as a skilled basketball player during his college years with the UCLA Bruins.