William Theodore 'Bill' Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. The 'Big Red-Head', as he was called, achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early '70s, winning three straight College Player of the Year Awards, while leading the Bruins to two Division I national titles. He then went on to have a prominent career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he was a league Most Valuable Player (MVP) and won two NBA championships. His professional career was significantly hampered by multiple foot injuries. Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 10, 1993 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame that same year. He is the father of current Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luke Walton. Walton was born in La Mesa, California, the son of Gloria Anne (ne Hickey) and William Theodore 'Ted' Walton.
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