Bill Walton left his mark in the 70s, playing for the Portland Trail Blazers and leading the team to the NBA title in 1977. He is also played for the Boston Celtics in the last part of his career, alongside Boston’s legend Larry Bird.
In an interview with Brian Scalabrine of the NBC Sports, Walton emphasized on Bird’s work ethic, saying he had great impact on him despite being a veteran.
“Larry did not want halftime. Larry did not want timeouts. Larry did not want days off in-between the games,” Walton told Scalabrine. “He wanted seven straight days of basketball and the first team to win four, that’s fine. He was not into waiting around.
He was certainly not into waiting around for any of his teammates. He was not waiting around for the coach. Not waiting around for the television schedule
Larry, he was ready to play and ready to deliver. And did he ever. The way his brain — just super smart, his analytical ability to figure out what was going to work, when it was going to work, how it was going to work.
And then the fact that his body was able to just keep carrying how much he worked at being great, how much he worked at having his level of physical because, you know, he had other guys who could do the job, but he made the commitment and the determination, you know, ‘I’m going to give my life, I’m going to give my body to the Boston Celtics. And we’re going to do everything we can to get it done each and every day.”