Bill Walton has a passion — for his work, for family and friends, for music, for life, and for greatness. He brings this out-sized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in professional sports and beyond. Walton speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds — on the court and off — to persevere and win.
The lessons Walton learned on the basketball court became life lessons that served him well throughout his sports, broadcasting, and business careers. No lesson was more important than the words from the legendary John Wooden, Walton’s basketball coach at UCLA, who simply said: “Do your best.” With those words as his mantra, Walton embarked on an extraordinary life with grit and a positive outlook.
Following a celebrated college basketball career, Walton went on to have a hall-of-fame NBA career. After basketball, he pursued his dream job as a sports broadcaster, but first had to overcome his lifelong stuttering affliction. In 2008, Walton endured risky back surgery to repair damage done early in his basketball career. Through it all, his determination carried him.
Walton is the author of two bestselling books, Nothing but Net and Back from the Dead. He is also active with many organizations and charities and was honoured with the NBA Retired Players Association Humanitarian Award in 2002 in recognition of his efforts.