Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Heartfelt Farewell To Bill Walton


In a profound expression of loss and respect, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has shared a moving farewell to his close friend and former rival, Bill Walton, who passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Abdul-Jabbar’s tribute, which he posted on social media, reflects the deep bond the two shared, both on and off the court. “My very close friend, fellow Bruin, and NBA rival Bill Walton died today,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “And the world feels so much heavier now.”

Walton, known for his larger-than-life personality and his dominance on the basketball court, was remembered by Abdul-Jabbar as “the best of us.” This sentiment echoes throughout the NBA community, as many have paid their respects to the Hall of Famer who left an indelible mark on the sport.

During their illustrious careers, both Abdul-Jabbar and Walton played for the legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA and went on to become generational talents in the NBA. Their rivalry was fierce, yet it was underpinned by mutual admiration and friendship.

In his farewell, Abdul-Jabbar reminisced about Walton’s fierce competitiveness on the court and his unwavering commitment to bringing joy to those around him off the court. “On the court, Bill was a fierce player, but off the court he wasn’t happy unless he did everything he could to make everyone around him happy,” Abdul-Jabbar recalled.



The NBA world has joined Abdul-Jabbar in mourning the loss of Walton, with tributes pouring in from legends, current players, and fans alike. Walton’s impact on the game, his championship performances, and his vibrant commentary career have solidified his legacy as one of the sport’s most beloved figures.

As we bid farewell to Bill Walton, we are reminded of the words of his friend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Today I had to say goodbye to a great friend that I will always miss.” The basketball community will indeed miss the presence of Bill Walton, but his spirit and contributions to the game will continue to inspire future generations.

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