Bill Walton has a passion — for his work, for family & friends, for music, for life and for greatness! Bill brings his outsized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and beyond. Walton speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds on the court and off to persevere and win. As entertaining as he is insightful, Walton is widely considered one of the best speakers from the world of sports.
The lessons Bill learned on the basketball court became life lessons that served him well throughout his sports, broadcasting and business careers. No lesson was more important than the words from the legendary John Wooden, Bill’s basketball coach at UCLA, who simply said Do your best. Wooden never asked players to go out and win simply to do their best and not beat themselves. Walton never forgot those words which helped him throughout his extraordinary career.
Following a celebrated college basketball career, Walton went on to have a Hall of Fame NBA career. After basketball, Walton pursued his dream job as a sports broadcaster but first had to overcome the lifelong stuttering affliction. And then, in 2008, Walton endured risky back surgery for to repair damage done early in his basketball career. Through it all, Walton’s determination carried him through.
Bill Walton is an authentic and true original who personifies greatness and is one of the most compassionate figures in sport with an extraordinary record of giving back through his work with numerous charities and non-profits.
Walton attended Helix High School and became the first and only high school player to ever make the U.S.A. Senior Men’s National Basketball Team and play in the World Championship and/or Olympics. He enrolled at UCLA in 1970. He was a member of two NCAA championship teams compiling an NCAA record 88 consecutive game winning streak. In 1972, ’73, and ’74 Walton was named NCAA Player of the Year Award.He graduated with honors with a B.A. in history. Walton also attended Stanford University Graduate School of Law in the early 1980’s.
Walton’s professional career began when he was the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to have won multiple NCAA and multiple NBA Championships. In 1997 Walton was selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players of All Time. Also in 1997 Walton was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, making him the first male basketball from the state of California to be so honored. After retiring from basketball Bill began his broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for the then Prime Ticket Network. In 2009, Walton was named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association.
Walton is also author of "Back from the Dead" and "Nothing But Net."
- Do Your Best
- Leadership Lessons from the Court
- Tales of Healing and Recovery
Team Building, Attitude, Goal-setting, Sports, Celebrity, Media, Change, Accountability, Empowerment, Performance, Motivation
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