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Bill Walton, NBA Star, ESPN Commentator and Grateful Dead Superfan, Dies at 71

Bill Walton, the NBA Hall of Famer who was a longtime commentator for ESPN and a well known superfan of the Grateful Dead, has died at 71.

Walton played for four NBA teams and won two championships during his more than decade-long run the league, which ended in 1987. “Bill then translated his infectious enthusiasm and love for the game to broadcasting, where he delivered insightful and colorful commentary which entertained generations of basketball fans. Walton joined ESPN’s roster of commentators in 2002, covering NBA and college basketball games.

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