Bill Walton Autographed Sports Illustrated Magazine Price: $60.00

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Bill Walton UCLA Autographed April 3, 1972 Sports Illustrated Magazine. The cover is boldly signed with a large, clear black Sharpie signature. The magazine has a mailing label and is in excellent condition, with a minor crease in the upper left corner of the cover. The lead article is about Bill Walton and the 1972 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins. Other articles involve Mark Spitz and the NCAA swimming championships, the Philadelphia Flyers, Jack Nicklaus and the Masters, Belize, Rico Petrocelli, US Table Tennis, Riva, Lefty Driesell, and the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race. Bill is one of the most decorated college basketball players of all time. He was enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame, and he has subsequently been honored with induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a 3 time All American at UCLA and a 3 time College Basketball Player of the Year from 1972-74. He led UCLA to two consecutive undefeated season and an NCAA record 88 game win streak, while winning the 1972 and 1973 NCAA Basketball Championships. Perhaps the most amazing statistic is that Bill did not lose a basketball game from the middle of his junior year in high school to the middle of his senior year in college!! Imagine what would have happened at UCLA if freshmen were allowed to play varsity basketball at that time! Bill had an injury plagued NBA career from 1974-1987, missing three full seasons. He was the first pick in the 1974 NBA draft by the Trail Blazers, and he played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Trail Blazers, Clippers, and Celtics. He was twice an NBA All Star, and he led the league in rebounds and blocked shots during the 1976-77 season. He led the Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA Championship, winning the NBA Finals MVP Award. He also won the NBA 6th Man of the Year Award in helping the Celtics to another NBA Championship in 1986. He was named the NBA MVP in 1978, and he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary Team. Unfortunately, he only played in 468 NBA games and retired with 6215 points and a 13.3ppg scoring average. He also collected 4923 rebounds, 1590 assists, and 1034 blocked shots. He has earned many accolades as an NBA broadcaster since his retirement as well, and he is an avid grateful dead fan. In fact, Bill was the inaugural inductee into the Grateful Dead Hall of Honor. Bill and his son Luke are the only father/son combination in NBA history to have both won multiple NBA Championships!! This is an opportunity to obtain memorabilia from arguably the greatest college basketball player of all time!!!

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