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Clay pays tribute to Bill Walton with touching social media post

Clay pays tribute to Bill Walton with touching social media post

Clay pays tribute to Bill Walton with touching social media post Originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Klay Thompson posted a pair of touching tributes to the late Bill Walton on his Instagram Stories on Tuesday, honoring the Basketball Hall of Famer and his love of nature.

The Warriors star, who grew up as a Trail Blazers fan in Lake Oswego, outside Portland, posted a photo of Walton for the first time, acknowledging Walton’s impact on basketball in the area. Thompson then posted a video of himself belting out an ode to the college and former NBA star.

“What’s going on with everyone?” Thompson said. “In honor of Mr. Walton, who was a man who loved the outdoors, I’m going for a walk today. I got my Kyrie Irving-esque walking stick which is essential for outdoor exploration, and it’s a great day for that. I’ll be thinking all the time Bill, how important it is to walk By nature for him.

“And I want to offer my condolences to Luke [Walton] And the rest of the family. Salute to the city of Portland, the single best player in our history is Mr. Walton. So, wish me good luck, it’s hot here but it’s beautiful.”

Walton died at the age of 71 on Monday from cancer, along with many other current and former players from around the NBA. Post their condolences For the legendary big man.

As one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, Walton led UCLA to two national championships before being selected by the Trail Blazers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft. While injuries hampered his professional career, Walton won He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1978 and led the Trail Blazers to their only NBA title in 1977.

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Later, Walton became an NBA and college basketball broadcaster and was known for his expert basketball knowledge as well as his colorful commentary style.

Walton’s son, Luke, has been an NBA player and coach, including a two-year stint with the Warriors from 2014-16, where he led Golden State to a 39-4 record for Steve Kerr at the start of the 2015-16 season. .

On Tuesday, Thompson made sure to commemorate Walton in the best way possible: outdoors.

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