Former President Barack Obama Honors NBA Legend Bill Walton


In a heartfelt tribute, former President Barack Obama commemorated the life and legacy of NBA legend Bill Walton, who passed away at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. Walton, renowned for his achievements on the court and his vibrant spirit off it, was honored by Obama in a statement that reflected the profound impact Walton had on the world of basketball and beyond.


“Bill Walton was one of the greatest basketball players of all time – a champion at every level and the embodiment of unselfish team play,” Obama expressed on social media. “He was also a wonderful spirit full of curiosity, humor, and kindness. We are poorer for his passing, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family.”



Walton’s storied career included two NCAA championships, two NBA championships, and an NBA MVP award during the 1977-78 season. Despite facing chronic injuries, Walton’s tenacity on the court never wavered, and his post-retirement renaissance as a commentator brought him new acclaim, including an Emmy Award and recognition as one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also paid homage to Walton, saying,


“Bill Walton was truly one of a kind. As a Hall of Fame player, he redefined the center position. 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 50* and 75th Anniversary Teams.”


Walton’s love for the game was infectious, and his commentary was as insightful as it was colorful, entertaining generations of basketball fans. His zest for life and his presence at league events, always with a smile and ready to share his wisdom, will be deeply missed.

The NBA community and fans worldwide are mourning the loss of a man who was not only a basketball icon but also a beacon of positivity and humanity. Bill Walton’s legacy will continue to inspire and influence the sport he loved so dearly.

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