William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American former basketball player who is a television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards. He led the Bruins to two NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973.

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  • William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American former basketball player who is a television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards. He led the Bruins to two NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973. His early career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) was very successful, winning an NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and an NBA championship with the Portland Trail Blazers, for which he was also named Finals MVP. Towards the end of the 1970s, his professional career began to be significantly hampered by multiple foot injuries, requiring numerous surgeries; he sat out the 1978-79 season and was signed by the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers for whom he played a sporadic and injury-plagued four seasons. His career was rehabilitated during his two seasons with the Boston Celtics at the end of his career; playing mostly as a back-up center behind Robert Parish, Walton earned honors as the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in the 1985-86 season, and winning his second championship that same season. Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. After retiring from the NBA, Walton has had a second career as a sportscaster, working both as a studio analyst and color commentator, mostly for ESPN, but also with stints for other networks and for several local teams. Walton is a noted fan of the Grateful Dead, and a self described Deadhead, who often works their lyrics into his sports broadcasts. He has also hosted several podcasts and satellite radio programs featuring the music of the Grateful Dead. (en)
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  • William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American former basketball player who is a television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards. He led the Bruins to two NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973. (en)
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