05 Nov 13
Walt Bellamy Rumors
The Hawks released a statement on the passing of Walt Bellamy From the Atlanta Hawks organization: “The Atlanta Hawks family is saddened to learn of the death of Walt Bellamy at the age of 74 earlier today. The Hawks and the National Basketball Association have lost a giant. As an Olympic gold medalist, the first overall pick in 1961, Rookie of the Year in 1962, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his on-court accomplishments were overwhelming. Off the court, he was equally impactful as a family man, leader in the community, mentor and friend to many.”
Walt Bellamy, a Hall of Famer who spent 14 years in the NBA and also represented the United States in the Olympics, passed away on Saturday. He was 74. Bellamy, born in North Carolina but an Indiana product who starred at center, was taken by the Chicago Packers first overall in the 1961 NBA Draft. He followed the club as it transferred to Baltimore, then also suited up for the Knicks, Pistons, Hawks and New Orleans Jazz before stepping away from the game in 1975.