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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence, — Iconic NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton has died from cancer. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993, Walton also enjoyed a long career as a broadcaster for CBS, NBC, and ESPN.

Jay Bilas, a former Duke star and current ESPN college basketball analyst, noted during a segment that Walton might have been one of the greatest players to ever compete in college basketball. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put it best when he said, “As a Hall of Fame player, he redefined the center position,” Silver continued in his statement:

“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.” UCLA was 86-4 during Bill Walton’s three years of college, with the center starting his college career 73-0.

Walton’s only four losses came in his senior year (Notre Dame, Oregon State, Oregon, and then NC State in the NCAA tournament). Walton led UCLA in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage for three consecutive years:

•1971-72: 21.1 points, 15.5 rebounds, 63.9% field goal shooting

•1971-72: 21.1 points, 15.5 rebounds, 63.9% field goal shooting

•1972-73: 20.4 points, 16.9 rebounds, 65.0% field goal shooting

•1973-74: 19.3 points, 14.7 rebounds, 66.5% field goal shooting The human replay machine’s most famous college performance was a 44-point outburst in the 1973 NCAA tournament national championship against Memphis State, when he made

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