Team Green Champion: Bill Walton
Basketball Hall-of-Famer, UCLA Hall-of-Famer & current ESPN & Pac-12 Networks analyst
Bill Walton has been a monumental figure in modern-day basketball since his time as a student-athlete with UCLA. He currently represents Pac-12 Networks through his commentary on men's basketball games, with a career of accolades to support him.
- Walton enrolled at UCLA in 1970 where he played center for John Wooden's varsity team for three seasons (1972-74), after an undefeated year with the freshman team in 1971.
- He was a member of two undefeated NCAA championship teams compiling an NCAA record 88 consecutive game winning streak.
- Bill Walton is a three-time recipient of the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, 1972, '73 and '74.
- Walton is a three-time All-America College Player, and was named to the Pacific 8 All-Conference first team 3 times and was Pac-8 Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive years.
- At UCLA Walton was a scholar-athlete who also earned Academic All-America honors three years in a row.
- Walton was the first overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, and was a member of their championship team in 1977.
- Nine years later, he earned another championship title with the Boston Celtics in 1986.
- He played with the Trailblazers 1974-79, the San Diego Clippers 1979-84, the relocated Los Angeles Clippers in 1985, and the Boston Celtics 1985-88.
- Bill Walton was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, 1978; all-NBA First Team, 1978; NBA All-Star Team, 1977 and 1978; NBA Playoff's MVP, 1977; all-NBA second team, 1977; winner of the NBA Sixth Man Award, 1986.
- Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to have won multiple NCAA and multiple NBA Championships.
- In 1993, Walton was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. He started his broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for the then Prime Ticket Network.
- Over the last 21 years he has worked for ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, NESN, and the NBA. For his television broadcasting work, Walton has been nominated for numerous Emmy awards and in 2001 won an Emmy for best live sports television broadcast.
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