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    UCLA and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton died Monday at the age of 71 following a battle with cancer.

    Walton was known as one of the most outspoken and charismatic figures in the sports world. He played for coach John Wooden and led the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA titles as a sophomore (1972) and junior (1973) before playing for the Portland Trailblazers, Clippers and Boston Celtics in the NBA (1974-87).

    Bill Walton, UCLA great, NBA Hall of Famer, broadcasting star, dies at age 71

    Here’s how Walton’s colleagues and fans, among others, reacted to the news:

    UCLA mourns the passing of two-time NCAA champion Bill Walton, a Naismith Hall of Fame inductee (1993) and charter member of the @UCLAAthletics Hall of Fame (1984).

    𝑰𝑵 𝑴𝑬𝑴𝑶𝑹𝑰𝑨𝑴: https://t.co/VwZwd9uVDs pic.twitter.com/6GrCWvplK7

    — UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) May 27, 2024

    No, Bill. Thank you for your life. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3LCRvs4XlJ

    — Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) May 27, 2024

    Was on family walk when my son told me news of Bill’s passing, had to stop and put hands on my knees, those who know me know how much I loved Bill, my first sports hero along with Jerry West, first saw him play when I was 11 and he was at UCLA in ‘72, winning two titles…cont.

    — Mike from the OC (@MikefromOC) May 27, 2024

    Bill Walton was an ICONIC sportscaster

    here is a clip of some of his funniest moments on the mic:

    REST IN PEACE, LEGEND 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/0i3p6QqV18

    — Degenerate George (@DGen_Media) May 27, 2024

    RIP to a legend and a Bruin Great! Conference of Champions!!! pic.twitter.com/bHf8NUKZuZ

    — Keisean Lucier-South (@KLSouth11) May 27, 2024

     

    Devastated to hear the news of Bill Walton passing. He was always so kind to my family. My dad went to UCLA with him and always had great stories as they rehabbed sports injuries together. RIP Bill, doing an 8 clap for you 👏🏻🩵💛 @UCLA_Alumni ties that bind! We will miss you,… pic.twitter.com/T605C6WHDz

    — Marina Jurica (@MJuricaCBS47) May 27, 2024

    RIP Bill Walton 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/eg4dl9MDQW

    — Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) May 27, 2024

    I am sad today hearing that my comrade & one of the sports worlds most beloved champions & characters has passed. Bill Walton enjoyed life in every way. To compete against him & to work with him was a blessing in my life. Sorry for your loss Walton family. We’ll miss him too. Doc pic.twitter.com/GAEt1DRH8N

    — Julius Dr J Erving (@JuliusErving) May 27, 2024

    Two-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Bill Walton has died of cancer at the age of 71. @nba #nba @UCLAAthletics @UCLAMBB #billwalton @celtics #celtics #champion #trailblazers #clippers @SGVNSports @JHWreporter pic.twitter.com/EWC1IjLTPF

    — Keith Birmingham (@photowkb) May 27, 2024

    Heartbroken 💔 to hear that Bill has gone home to the Lord🙏🏽He had a unique ability to always make you feel energized when in his orbit and erudite afterwards. Bill was 💯organic. Caring teammate. It was a highlight to work with him. Praying for his wife Lori & his family ❤️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/U2kKwhhjSE

    — MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) May 27, 2024

    Like butter pic.twitter.com/HPH4Sb4wrB

    — ReasonForTheHope (@MacJW) May 27, 2024

    Crushed to hear of Bill Walton’s passing. He was a legend and larger than life in every way. His passionate curiosity and kindness were so rare and made him a joy to work with. My heart goes out to his wonderful family and beautiful wife, Lori. May the conference of champions… pic.twitter.com/zxdFK2WxSi

    — Molly McGrath (@MollyAMcGrath) May 27, 2024

    Bill Walton was truly a national treasure pic.twitter.com/oHJMaSRDTk

    — Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) May 27, 2024

    One of our favorite Bill Walton memories 😆 RIP to the hilarious big man (via @espn) @DavePasch pic.twitter.com/mztN8m2rSD

    — ESPN Los Angeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) May 27, 2024

    “I’m the luckiest dude in the world.”

    – Bill Walton ☮️❤️🕊️ pic.twitter.com/Z9qSP2rW8b

    — Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) May 27, 2024

    Fight On Forever… https://t.co/K22tsxg5DI pic.twitter.com/QRwiwabRm4

    — USC Men’s Basketball (@USC_Hoops) May 27, 2024

    RIP to a true legend and one of a kind personality, Bill Walton.

    We know Bill’s legacy will continue to Shine On! pic.twitter.com/CQsROEET1D

    — Arizona Basketball (@ArizonaMBB) May 27, 2024

    A singular icon of the game & an ambassador for Cal, the @Pac12 & all of basketball. Our hearts are with the family & friends of Bill Walton. pic.twitter.com/yTS49xRVjQ

    — Cal Basketball (@CalMBBall) May 27, 2024

     

    RIP Bill. Whether making precise outlet passes 2 ignite a fast break, bicycling, reading, broadcasting, standing up 4 those in need, sharing wine & stories, dancing under stars on Grateful Dead tours or expressing luv 4 Lori & your children YOU WERE ALWAYS FULLY ENGAGED IN LIFE💙 pic.twitter.com/h0UWwC3ljJ

    — Steve Lavin (@SteveLavin64) May 27, 2024

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