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    This man played only 468 games out of a possible 1066 (including 2 full missed seasons). And was still a first ballot hall of Famer and one of the 50 greatest of all time. That alone should tell you how great of a basketball player he was

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    You can't say that John Doe would have been the greatest basketball player of all time, if not for (1)his bad knees, or (2)drug addiction. Also, the human knees and the human feet were not really meant to support someone who is over 7 feet tall, so that's why so many huge men have knee or foot problems.

    A lot of people can play basketball, but what celebrates the REAL superstars like Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Bill Russell is that they had STURDY, STRONG legs so they never got hurt, and they had it together mentally so they didn't make it a habit to try (and often get addicted to) drugs. Being a real superstar as a professional athlete requires rare physical and mental genetics.

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    Just by watching his clips, he had that timing and reaction that can't be taught (tip the rebound in or away type thing. Larry Bird had it as well, and to a lessor extent Jordan too. An intelligence that puts them above their peers in terms of that extra basket or two that can win championships. Rodman too. The term is called a "Nose for the ball".

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    I watched the '86 Celtics not to long ago in their playoff run and for everyone saying this guy could have been the goat or saying he was the best college player ever…I believe you. Watch a broken down figure of a man playing pick n roll with The Larry Bird during the Celts '86 season. It was so one-sided!?!? and … Unfair!?! I believe. Noone, NOONE plays like that…Let alone at that level!? Stock and Karl was like slow jazz, but this ..this is something else altogether..the fire, the intensity !!?!! '86 Celts always will be in the conversation of "Greatest teams" for me

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    In 1975, while injured & wearing street clothes during a home game in Portland, Walton walked out of the locker room just before the 3rd quarter started. While the teams were in their huddles, Walton picked up a loose ball from the warm ups that just ended. He shot from 15 feet away on the baseline. The swish was met with a very loud standing ovation from the crowd, the only one that night. The fans knew Walton was their franchise. The next season, the Blazers won the NBA championship.

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    The greatest NCAA team of all-time is arguably the 1972 and 1973 UCLA Bruins. The greatest NBA team, arguably, of all-time is the 1986 Boston Celtics. The 1977 Portland Trail Blazers played, arguably, the best example of "team ball" in NBA history. What do those 3 teams have in common? BILL WALTON.

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    Best ever nah . Kareem owns that. Walton Was a dominate player but one thing and it is important is health. Not a knock on him ,some athletes have better genes . To say “if he was healthy during his whole career” is like saying what if Bo Jackson didn’t get hurt ? Fact Kareem the greatest wore Walton out when Walton was healthy

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    I think you can make the argument that he was one of the top 3 centers in basketball history but sadly Injuries got the best years of his career, so he may be ranked lower. Just remember what he did in that Championship Series against the Hall of Fame Center, Lou Alcindor of the Bucks. He ate his lunch in that series and no argument there when he won the title!

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    His junior, senior years at high school he went 64-3; senior year averaged 29 points and 25 rebounds. He still holds the all time high school field goal percentage record at 79%. From high school to UCLA he went on a 142 game win streak. 86–4 at UCLA, responsible for the majority of wins in UCLA's record 88 game win streak. Three time winner of NCAA player of the year. The best NBA center that never was.

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    Bill Walton, in his prime and injury free, was unstoppable. Even with nagging injuries, he was a force and a game-changer…his basketball IQ was as good as anyone's – He is one of the greatest… those who think otherwise never saw him play

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    I feel like getting a healthy Walton for 1 year… the basketball gods took away Bias & Lewis. I’ll still never get over losing those 2 & Walton is my tunnel vision brain trying to rationalize

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