Bill Walton is one of only five players in basketball history to have won multiple NCAA and multiple NBA Championships. Bill went to UCLA as a scholarship player for John Wooden, winning three NCAA Player of the Year awards and helping UCLA to consecutive undefeated NCAA championships and a record 88-game winning streak. Bill is a member of the NCAA All Time Basketball Team.
Bill was selected as the #1 overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft. Walton and the Portland Trail Blazers won the NBA Championship in 1977, earning the NBA Finals MVP award that season. He was the NBA MVP the next season. Bill won another NBA title, playing with the Boston Celtics in 1986. He was named the NBA 6th Man of the Year that season. Bill is a member of the NBA All Time Team; both NBA@50 and NBA@75. Walton was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. As a retiree, Walton received the 1991 NBPA's Oscar Robertson Leadership Award. In 2002, he received the NBA Retired Player's Association Humanitarian Award. Bill is also in numerous other Halls of Fame, including the HOF of USA High Schools, The NCAA, the NCAA Academic All America, for UCLA, Pac-12, Oregon, San Diego, California, New England, the Boys & Girls Club, Guinness, and the Grateful Dead.
When Bill could no longer play basketball, he started a most unlikely career as a multimedia broadcaster, a career that has now spanned 30 years.
Bill has worked for every major network and platform, and has been with ESPN for many years now. Bill is a multi-Emmy Award winning on-air talent.
Bill is also a New York Times Best Selling author, with his memoir, Back From The Dead.
Bill is a huge music fan, and with his wife Lori, travels and tours extensively with his favorite bands, including the Grateful Dead.
Bill is the Executive Director of San Diego Sport Innovators (SDSI), and an active board member of CleanTech San Diego (CTSD). Bill is active in many philanthropic endeavors, and most recently co-founded the global initiative Bike For Humanity, a virtual biking fundraiser for nonprofits that benefit children. Walton is a long-term advocate for clean energy and does his part by powering his home with solar, collecting rainwater, driving electric vehicles, and representing companies as a solar evangelist.
Bill and Lori have 6 children and 14 grandchildren.