Bill Walton dies: Social media reacts to the news (2024)

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 sophom*ore (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).


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

Today I had to say goodbye to
a great friend that I will always miss….@UCLAAthletics @UCLAMBB @NBA

— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) May 27, 2024

No, Bill. Thank you for your life. ❤️

— 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 has passed away at the age of 71.

2x NCAA Champion
2x NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player
3x National College Player of the Year
3x First-Team All American
1993 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

A legend of the game forever.

— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) May 27, 2024

I’m going to miss Bill Walton…his humor, infectious smile, zest for life etc. We missed playing ⁦@MarchMadnessMBB⁩ against each other ⁦@GopherMBB⁩ during his ⁦@UCLA⁩ championship years as we got eliminated before a head to head matchup. #RIP my friend ⁦⁦

— Dave Winfield (@DaveWinfieldHOF) May 27, 2024

Bill Walton was an ICONIC sportscaster

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


— Degenerate George (@DGen_Media) May 27, 2024

There will never be another Bill. Love you & miss you my friend.

— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) May 27, 2024

Bill Walton was one of the greatest basketball players of all time – a champion at every level and the embodiment of unselfish team play. He was also a wonderful spirit full of curiosity, humor and kindness. We are poorer for his passing, and Michelle and I send our deepest…

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 27, 2024

RIP to a legend and a Bruin Great! Conference of Champions!!!

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

Jo and I are shaken to our roots over the passing of dear friend Bill Walton. I never knew a better, more generous man. Our thoughts are with Lori and the Walton sons. RIP Bill.

— Ralph Lawler (@Ohmeomy) 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,…

— Marina Jurica (@MJuricaCBS47) May 27, 2024

RIP Bill Walton 🕊️

— 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

— 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

— 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 ❤️🙏🏽

— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) May 27, 2024

Like butter

— ReasonForTheHope (@MacJW) May 27, 2024

.@JayBilas remembers Bill Walton ❤️

"He may have been the greatest college basketball player of all time. He was an all-time great pro as well. ... But more than that ... He was an absolutely magnificent, beautiful person that you just loved to be around at all times."

— ESPN (@espn) 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…

— Molly McGrath (@MollyAMcGrath) May 27, 2024

Bill Walton was truly a national treasure

— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) May 27, 2024

The man took a joyride through the cosmos.

Thank you for your life.

— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) May 27, 2024

One of our favorite Bill Walton memories 😆 RIP to the hilarious big man (via @espn) @DavePasch

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

Today we mourn the passing of legendary Hall of Famer Bill Walton. He was a true friend to the Hall and a persistent champion for what the sport can accomplish in the lives of those who play.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Bill’s contributions to the NBA and…

— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) May 27, 2024

“I’m the luckiest dude in the world.”

- Bill Walton ☮️❤️🕊️

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

I’m heartbroken over the passing of one of the kindest humans ever put on this earth. Bill went out of his way to be nice to all. Putting smiles on faces. He loved and lived life to the fullest. Always entertaining and made every game an event on and off the court. Sending my…

— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) May 27, 2024

4s Up for our family ✊🏾

— Dylan Andrews (@dylan_andrews4) May 27, 2024

Fight On Forever…

— 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!

— 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.

— Cal Basketball (@CalMBBall) May 27, 2024

We were all the luckiest in the world to be around one of the greatest ambassadors to the game of basketball, Bill Walton.

Bill's exuberant spirit was a gift each and every time he visited UW and he will be deeply missed.

— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) 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💙

— Steve Lavin (@SteveLavin64) May 27, 2024


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

Bill Walton dies: Social media reacts to the news (2024)


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