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Bill Walton, American Athlete ( November 5, 1952 - )

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I can think. I can sleep. I can move. I can ride my bike. I can dream.~Bill Walton


Sleep Bike Ride

I lived to play basketball. Growing up as a kid, Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics were my favorite team. The way they played, the teamwork, the sacrifice, the commitment, the joy, the camaraderie, the relationship with the fans.~Bill Walton


Relationship Teamwork Team

I have nothing but respect for the Lakers. So many of their legends shaped who I am as a person and player.~Bill Walton


Respect I Am Nothing

I had the only beard in the Western Hemisphere that made Bob Dylan's look good.~Bill Walton


Good Look Beard

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good.~Bill Walton


History Good Look

We can never thank David Stern enough. His vision to use basketball to improve the quality of our lives to make this world a better and saner place, that guy, is the most important man in the history of basketball.~Bill Walton


History Man Vision

You don't win championships by just being normal, by just being average.~Bill Walton


Win You Average

A lot of people understand what not saying anything means, so, in effect, not saying anything is really saying a lot.~Bill Walton


People Saying Understand

I'm a lifelong stutterer.~Bill Walton


Lifelong

Basketball is one of those rare opportunities where you can make a difference, not only for yourself, but for other people as well.~Bill Walton


People Yourself

Without question, no hesitation, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the best player I ever played against.~Bill Walton


Best Question Without

The Grateful Dead, they're my best friends. Their message of hope, peace, love, teamwork, creativity, imagination, celebration, the dance, the vision, the purpose, the passion all of the things I believe in makes me the luckiest Deadhead in the world.~Bill Walton


Love Best Hope

I don't sleep much. I'm on the go. My mind is racing. My wife says my mind is like the rolling dials on a slot machine. So, yeah, I think about everything.~Bill Walton


Wife Sleep Mind

At 49, I can say something I never would have said when I was a player, that I'm a better person because of my failures and disgraces.~Bill Walton


Better Better Person I Can

Life is easy when you're hot. But what happens when the ball bounces the other way? You just keep getting back up and climbing up.~Bill Walton


Life You Easy

My life changed irrevocably four-and-a-half years ago when my spine failed and collapsed. I spent two years on the floor, in excruciating, debilitating and unrelenting pain. I can only describe the pain as being submerged into a vat of scalding acid that has an electric current running through it. And you can never get out, ever.~Bill Walton


Life Pain My Life

My bike is my gym, my wheelchair and my church all in one. I'd like to ride my bike all day long but I've got this thing called a job that keeps getting in the way.~Bill Walton


Day Job Bike

Well, we've made some changes on this tour. We're no longer sleeping in the parking lots and swimming in the fountains. We've been staying in hotels most of the way, though I will say some hotels have declined to take us because we're just having too much fun.~Bill Walton


Changes Fun Swimming

Life is about growth. People are not perfect when they're 21 years old.~Bill Walton


Life Growth Not Perfect

That's what makes it so fun to be on a team. You're sitting at your house, thinking up this wild, crazy stuff as to how it's going to go, and the other guys are sitting at their houses doing the same thing.~Bill Walton


Team Thinking Fun

When you are in unrelenting, excruciating and debilitating pain that never goes away for years on end, your life is over.~Bill Walton


Life End Pain

Being a broadcaster encompasses the business of sport, which is my life today, and it encompasses the skills of being a history student, and the ability of being a performer.~Bill Walton


Life Business History

The great thing about being a broadcaster is you have this incredible responsibility to the people that make it all happen, the people that turn on the television set.~Bill Walton


Great Responsibility

I grew up in an non-athletic family, where my parents were interested in music, in literature, in education and art.~Bill Walton


Family Education Music

No one missed more basketball in the history of NBA than I did. I played 14 seasons, on the roster for 14 years, and I missed more than nine-and-a-half full seasons.~Bill Walton


History Basketball Seasons

I've had 36 orthopedic operations, have two fused ankles, my knees, hands and wrists don't work, I now have a fused spine, other than that, everything is great.~Bill Walton


Work Great Hands