Bill Walton Biography
- Age: 64 years old
- Birth Nation: United States of America
- Height: 6 Feet 11 Inch
- Birth Sign: Scorpio
- Name: Bill Walton
- Birth Name: William Theodore "Bill" Walton III
- Nationality: American
- Birth Place/City: La Mesa, California
- Ethnicity: White
- Profession: Basketball Player
- Working For: NBA Draft
- Net Worth: $20 million
- Hair Color: Brown
- Weight in KG: 95 kg
- Married: Yes
- Married to: Susan Guth (m. 1979), Lori Matsuoka
- Children: Luke Walton, Nathan Walton, Adam Walton, Chris Walton
- Divorce: Susan Guth (m. 1989)
- Education: Stanford Law School, University of California, Los Angeles
- Awards: N/A
- Siblings: Bruce Walton 17
William Theodore “Bill” Walton was born on 5th November 1952 in La Mesa, California to parents Gloria Anne and William Theodore ‘Ted’ Walton. He spent his entire childhood in La Mesa playing basketball with his brother Bruce Walton.
Bill went on to attend Helix High School located in La Mesa where he actively played basketball. When Bill was just aged 17, he went on to play for the United States men’s national basketball team at the 1970 FIBA World Championship. Bill then went on to attend UCLA in 1971. While Bill was in UCLA, their varsity team did not ever lose a game from the middle of his junior year of high school to the middle of his senior in college. He went on to lead UCLA to win various games. Later in 1974, Bill announced that he was ready to be drafted in the 1974 NBA draft. Thus he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round as the 1st overall pick. Bill went on to play as Center for Portland Trail Blazers . He led his team to win various matches till 1978 when he left Blazers for San Diego /Los Angeles Clippers. He played 14 games in the 1979-80 and then went on to score a career high of 67 points in 1984-85 seasons. Later he went on to play for Boston Celtics. Bill had already undergone many ankle injuries and it added on quickly when he was with Celtics thus his ankle problem became so severe that both of his ankles were surgically fused. Thus it marked the end of his playing career. He left NBA with an average of 13.3 points per game, 52.1 FG% and 2.2 blocks per game. Later, Bill went on to broadcast for nineteen years for ABC and ESPN. He also became a part time commentator for Sacramento Kings.
Walton had four kids with his first wife Susan Guth whom he married in 1979. Luke Walton played from 2003 to 2012 for the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Walton played for San Diego State, and Nate Walton played at Princeton and was later on the ballot for the 2003 California Recall Election. Adam played NCAA basketball at Louisiana State University. Walton divorced Susan in 1998. Walton currently lives in San Diego with his second wife Lori Matsuoka.
Bill is currently 62 years old, weighs 95 kgs and is 6 feet 11 inches tall. Throughout his career he has achieved a lot of awards and recognition. He was noted as the USBWA College player of the Year, NBA’s 50 greatest player of all times, NBA Most Valuable player, NBA blocks leader, NBA Sixth Man of the Year(1986), NBA Final MVP, 3x National college player of the Year. His number 32 was retired by Portland Trail Blazers and also by UCLA.
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