Your Dad’s NOT High! Bill Walton was REALLY That Good | The Story Behind Bill Walton

Your Dad’s NOT High! Bill Walton was REALLY That Good | The Story Behind Bill Walton

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Hoops historians – and fans of a bygone era – know that behind the kooky TV gimmicks lies the story of one of the game’s greatest and most fascinating talents. This is the story behind Bill Walton.

Written & Narrated by: Joseph Casciaro (@JosephCasciaro | Twitter)
Produced & Edited by: Brandon Jordan (@BrandonJordan3 | Instagram)

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    Question. I played against Calvin Murphy in a post-season high school tournament in the spring of 1967, while he was at Norwalk. It's really neat that he was able to play for the San Diego Rockets and get high schooler Bill Walton to let him into his high school gym….how did he do that?

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    One note, the ONLY reason Wilt isn't on the list of "double digit rebounds, multiple blocks, and at least 5 assists per game" is because they didn't track blocks during Wilt's career. He did lead the league with total number of assists (702) in the 67-68 season, which averages out to about 8.5 assists per game in an 82 game season. Wilt never averaged below double digit rebounds at anytime in his career. And regarding blocked shots, he averaged 8.8 per game over the course of 112 games later in his career based on analyzing game footage. It's unlikely he was bad at blocks early in his career… https://fadeawayworld.net/2020/04/05/in-112-career-games-wilt-chamberlain-averaged-8-8-blocks-per-game-that-would-be-an-nba-record-by-margin-of-5-3-blocks/

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    What? The only person to "average double digit rebounds and points and flare and vision…" Maybe Wilt
    1967–68 Philadelphia 82 46.8* .595* .380 23.8* 8.6* 24.3
    … who had a 13 year career and dominated statistics during those years as a center. I like Walton, but Wilt was the dominator and is way under-rated.

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    My sophomore year in high school, I got to witness Walton one afternoon as a much anticipated matchup between the top 2 teams in San Diego took place. Our Frontline went '6"9 '6"8, '6"6, and they were very good too.
    Walton set the tone immediately by blocking our teams' first three shots, and I mean in a spectacular fashion.
    Also in high school, Walton shot over 78 pércent from the field his senior year.
    Ive been a UCLA and Walton fan ever since.
    Still the best high school player I ever saw, even to this day.

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    From now on, I believe that someone of higher power are Nerfing certain individuals because of balancing issues due to the fact when in full health, these individuals would just be too incredible. That's why we fantasize these "What-if" players such as Derrick Rose, Tracy McGrady and more.

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    Walton was a good player, but stop exaggerating ppl. Yes, health was his main issue, obviously. But dont make it that you think he would have been the best center of all time if he was healthy. SMH. Greatest center is WILT CHAMBERLAIN. all that you say Walton could do, Wilt could do and better. Better defender, better rebounder, better finisher, way more dominant down low and rebounding. Walton was a good passer, but so was Wilt.

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    Great video. I'm sorry but 4 seasons of greatness is only as good as those 4 seasons. Players are (..should be.) measured on their body of work. Its a tragedy but his career was plagued with injuries. He shoulda or coulda been one of the NBA greatest players but 4 great seasons is not a career. His career stats are 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, good but not great.

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    Bill helps seal a championship win in an amazing series against Dr J and Chocolate Thunder of the Sixers only to have the network cut to a F'n golf match instead of the champagne celebration he, the Blazers, and all Portland fans deserved. One of the best finals ever. Musberger ate a lot of after that one. Thanks, Bill!!

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    Bill Walton can flat out play on both ends. The stats don't tell the whole story and in UCLA he and Jamaal Wilkes were the best 1-2 punch in college sports. He was NBA MVP 1976-77 season, two time All Defense, Sixth Man of the year, 2 NCAA titles and two time finals MVP. Two NBA championships 1 finals MVP, when healthy he is unbelievable. If he was healthy in 78 the Trail Blazers would be the first team since the Celtics to repeat, unfortunately they ran into a very hot Seattle Supersonics Team who had Dennis Johnson, Gus Williams, and Jack Sikma. Walton is very underrated and very skilled at his position just like Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

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    Picking up Bill Walton was the missing piece that helped the Celtics win the NBA crown in 1985. In limited playing time, Waltons defense, rebounding and passing helped push Boston over the top. When you watch old videos, Walton and Larry Bird looked liked they had played together for many seasons instead of their first year together. It was Waltons only year in the NBA he played 80 games. For brief moments, even after all the injuries, Walton could still compete with the best NBA centers.

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    He's definitely one of the greatest player of all time and not just one of the best centers around…some basketball fans may be forgetting him of his accomplishments on the court perhaps because of his excessive multi injuries and he could be underrated but he's played his part and made a big name for himself…!!!

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    As a kid, I talked with coach Jack Ramsay in the 80’s at a camp he held at Willamette University. He said as good as that championship team was, the following year they were far better. Walton’s broken foot stopped a sure back to back Championship. That catastrophic injury paved the way for the Sonics to get their only title though, so at least the Northwest came out a winner.

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    Bill Walton also got a shout out in the movie Airplane. "The hell I don't! LISTEN, KID! I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night! Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes!" – Roger Murdock breaking character.

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    I honestly think Walton gets a big bump from folks BECAUSE of his injuries. I think he would've been a very good center as the game changed in the 80's. Not denying that there's a lot of what if's, but I think because he won a chip in the watered down NBA as the ABA guys were folding in and then everything went crazy health wise as the Blazers were playing great in '78, a LOT gets extrapolated in terms of his career. People act like he outplayed Jabbar and that's ridiculous. Kareem was the better player, but Walton had the better team (sound familiar, LeBron fans?). The Lakers would've ruled the West regardless with Magic, Kareem, Wilkes, Nixon, and eventually McAdoo and Worthy. It just sucks that his prime years (age 26 to 31), he played a total of 102 games in that six years. That just sucks.

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    Well done. He was a phenomenal player, when he could go, and of course, the Celtics got him to go and they won again. I'm a Knicks fan, but Walton with the Celtics is what basketball is supposed to look like. Couldn't even hate that version of them.

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    I have always said in debates in social media, there are two perfect basketball players, two, no more. Walton and Oscar Robertson. They had NO WEAKNESS in their games. Walton dominated un the era of NO 3 point shot, and NO DUNKING! Forget Jordan,Magic,James Bird, Jabar, they are just great.It is called COMPLETE GAME ror a reason!!!!! Coaching videos are made using these guys. Coaches Knight Wooden,Smith, agree.

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    There are so many players who have been crazy dominant and get injured really really young.

    And you wonder where these players would be if they stayed healthy. Some were so dominant you prob wonder if they had just a few years how good they would've been. Let alone a good long career.

    Walton just being healthy for 5 years would've been a Bo Jackson legend

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    Aesthetics? Dude. Talk about some BS. I love me some Bill Walton, but even he will tell you the only aesthetic he has is his beard and pony tail and his mouth. lmao. pump the brakes you history revisionist you.

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    They beat the sixers in the finals after going down 0-2 and I am certain they would have repeated had Walton not gone down with the injury the next year. I can see him now rotating his hands with arms stretched out above his head calling for the alley oops. Truly one of the greatest.

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    Walton had one of the best all around games of any center who ever played. At UCLA he was just superb. At Portland he showed just how great he could have been. There really was not anything he could not do and do well. I always place him in my top ten centers ever. What a great shot blocker, passer and assists guy.

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    Bill Walton would have been even greater if he were healthier his entire career. Imagine a UCLA red headed Kevin Garnett mentality. His passing was perfect for a center. He was textbook. I believe he was a vegetarian and intellectual minded. John Wooden polished this gem for college game domination.

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    He led the Blazers down 0-2 to Dr. J and the 76ers to win the NBA Championship 4-2. He redefined how centers play the position. I’m a huge fan. I left Oregon in 1982 when I enlisted in the Army. 1996, I’m on duty as a Recruiter in Denver. I walk into a Nuggets game like three hours before tip off and saw him sitting on the sidelines. I tentatively approached him, told him I watched him play for Portland as a teenager. He smiled, we talked about my career, not his. He gave me an autograph. A good hearted soul.

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    At his best, one of the very best. Most complete game of all centers & "most fundamentals" of everyone according to one Larry Bird. (But your dad's probably high too.)

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    this guy is a national treasure i grew up in the 90s and hearing him call games between that and chick hern i had 2 solid characters that broke it down with legit vernacular and called game like he saw it…….i was a laker fan since birth, but i always liked walton covering games as well. Dunking on kareem the 2 greatest UCLA bigs of all time going at it…..imagine woodens delight 4:34 smoked him. Undeniable "GAME"

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    Crazy, pot smoking Bill Walton, who you can't help but like. I think if he had been injury free, he would be a prime candidate for "the greatest of all time" argument. One of the best "Why not?" moves, Boston ever made. He and Larry Bird, on the same team, and with the other Celtic starters, and bench, were just plain destructive.

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    I saw the video of Larry Birds statue unveiling in Terre Haute and they welcomed Walton to the stage…Dude grabbed the mic and went on a 10 minute rant that nobody could stop. Thanked people in the audience, gushed over Bird, smacked around Quinn Buckner and totally fucked up the whole night with his mindless Grateful Dead references…it was hysterical i was laughing so hard i popped a vessel in my head.

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    For kids to understand who Walton is: the offensive and passing skills of Jokic, the defense of Gobert, an even worse injury history than Embiid, the weird beliefs of Kyrie and the likeability of Boban.

    Combine all that and that's Bill Walton.

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    A close friend of mine in San Diego became friends with Bill when they met at the YMCA. She had no idea who he was at first. He was smart, friendly, funny, caring, and the tallest person she'd ever met. She was taken by how graceful and athletic he was, and how dedicated he was to his water workout routine. "What's his name?" I asked. "Bill". "What's his last name?" "I don't know, but I'll find out". She calls me back "Walton. Bill Walton". "Do you realize that you're in the presence of true athletic greatness?" She had no idea, but she learned. From everything I've heard, he's one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet, and for that brief few years, certainly one of the greatest basketball players I've ever watched. 21-22 shots, 44 points in the NCAA finals, and in 1977, he and the Blazers simply dismantled the heavily favored Sixers. I even became a Celtic fan in 1985-86 when a relatively healthy Walton played a pivotal role in their championship run. Unfortunately, he was born with brittle bones, but when healthy, few were better.

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    The Portland championship team was not the most talented overall but with the Big Redhead running things it was the most efficient championship basketball team that ever played. basketball magicians…

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    I lived in Portland in the 1976-77 series Joni Davis Lionel Hollins Bill Walton Maurice Lucas and Bobby gross with a starting 5 he had a hell of a team and we had a hell of a party when they won the championship

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    I grew up in Rip City before it went to hell and I was a child doing backflips in 77. Walton was incredible and it’s unfortunate he had so many health issues because he was an amazing player yet unselfish. I looked through you channel and didn’t find a Larry Bird video. I know you must have done one because Bird is NBA GOAT. Any chance of getting a link response?

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    I broke his prep scoring record for highest season average in San Diego in 1977, but as a 6-foot, white-men-can't-jump guard never made it to the NCAA or NBA. His genetics allowed him to become a hall-of-fame athlete; his character has made him a world-class human being.

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    Bill Walton is one of the 10 best overall basketball players EVER.He played both ends of the court and was one of the best passers ever.And he led a TEAM with no future Hall Of Famers to the chip.The only ones I can think of who did that was Hakeem and the Pistons (with Billups,The Wallaces, and Rip Hamilton.)The one thing all 3 teams had in common were Hall of Fame coaches.

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    It’s sad how a player with such a great skillset had such a fragile body, he could have been one of the Top 5 Centers All-Time and would have been the Blazers Dynasty fighting Kareem’s Lakers in the Western Conference Finals and would have been Walton vs Kareem throughout the late-70’s through the 80’s and might have got alot of All-Star selections, maybe a few MVPs, a few championships, and would have been known as one of the greatest pioneers of basketball.

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