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Walton has made it his charge to counsel patients like himself who were driven to suicidal thoughts by chronic pain. His own routine includes sessions in the pool and the weight room and on the bike. “I worry about all the guys,” Walton says. “I see Kevin dragging his foot around because he won’t have the ankle fusion surgery he needs. I talk to Larry about his health. But the greater the athletes are, the prouder and more stubborn they are.”
Before the game, Walton had also spoken with his father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton. “He told me to call about six different coaches,” Luke Walton said, smiling about his father encouraging him to reach out to Hall of Famers Phil Jackson and Lute Olson. “Then he told me to read about seven different books, John Wooden books.”
“Michael … the guy was basically average. In terms of size, strength, speed, jumping ability,” Walton said. He apparently also excluded MJ from his top-three players ever, lobbying instead for fellow UCLA alum Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
It would take X-ray vision to recognize most of Bird’s acts of charity. He prefers an under-the-table approach – or on-the-table, when necessary. He tries to keep it quiet. No press releases, no press conferences, no speeches, nothing … unless there’s a benefit to that as well. That’s why Bird participated in One Legendary Night Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Masquerade’s annual fund-raising banquet for the Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation. He might have preferred to stay home with his family, but duty called. “I don’t necessarily like to get up and speak,” he said beforehand. “But tonight I’m going to get up and talk about Bill Walton, and that’s going to be fun,” he added, laughing.