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The basketball legend played for legendary John Wooden at UCL -- he won two national championships followed that up.
With the hall of fame career in the NBA winning a couple of world championships at an MVP award.
Well now he is scoring big off the court as well helping those who need it most he joins us now.
To tell us all about you know.
Any intro to you does not do you justice -- that's.
Just a lucky.
Proud to be here and just privileges could be it'd be helping to raise funds for challenged athletes foundation well you you you're you're lucky.
But you're not without -- People might someday it might say unlucky moments because you have had some very serious injuries that were both injured athlete ever the most injured athlete ever you had it bad experts -- pain drugs you had a whole lot of things happening is so.
I guess to come out of all Latin -- -- lucky man.
The respect and appreciation that I have for the challenge it's because working for the challenge -- foundation you can check -- -- David it.
Challenged athletes dot org it's challenged EB athlete's world dot org.
What we do what we buy wheelchairs and prosthetic for people who don't have arms and legs.
And what we do -- you try to provide that chance to play in the game of life one more time overcoming challenges which -- what you did your whole career well as.
As an athlete I've had 36 orthopedic operation the struck.
I'll genital defects in my feet and -- -- that led to the endless string of stress fractures all my ankles refused when these hands and wrists don't work.
Now I have -- -- for those who don't know when you say you refused angles that means you can't believe there are fears Iraq they're stuck at a right angle that's all I need perfectly level ground.
It but believe me.
I'm back in the game alive -- that I was really down the last two and a half here who have been out of everything with the very serious.
Life threatening life changing spine and orthopedic issue but I had -- reconstruction the clean out -- a fusion of my -- now on back up and ready to go you look terrific never did it got so bad at one point and uses said this before anybody that you were you -- gonna keep the pain was so bad you think gonna kill yourself right absolutely I -- a life it was not worth living.
Did if you haven't been there you have no idea.
But it you have been there you know exactly what I'm talking about -- -- can sit -- -- and think back to say what was going through one line but when you're in that space.
Being submerge into of that of scolding athlete with an electrifying current running through what and you can't -- now.
And you watch what you do it will -- way and not just for a moment not just for hours but for days -- takes forever and it's nothing works.
The medicine -- the work of therapy -- a working -- portion of the massage the stretching -- -- The traction.
What every future nothing works and so I'm just.
How did you get over -- bill I had surgery.
I -- incredible surgeon who was using new innovative techniques and technology and material.
And what they did in -- the half hour surgery they were able to.
Put four decisions across my back and I now have.
For -- bolts to titanium rods are big directors that committee to hold -- -- -- between all the vertebrae.
In the -- don't.
I'm doing great on an idol got I've got a chance a couple of things that thing that I love about folks who come out of injuries like this and inexperience -- like that.
Is that if you do with the right attitude is not only helps you but you can be an inspiration to so many other people and it particularly folks where we're coming challengers.
They -- when you've been where I've been your life is there.
And I was on top.
I had it all I had no idea you have no idea nor -- we John -- you'll -- -- -- back -- work with the greatest.
People in sport I was on three of the greatest teams in the history of basketball I had a twenty year media career just it was just.
I had it all and then I had nothing and now.
Here right now with the challenged athletes foundation because these are people who without the arms and the -- so many of our best and the brightest coming back from the Middle East Iraq and Afghanistan -- mostly it was.
The young children with the birth defects that people who have the tragic accidents and all -- the ones that.
And its -- hard for them at the expense it it can be ten to 30000 dollars for a for a prosthetic.
It could be 2500 -- for wheelchair just to roll out one time.
And I know what sport has meant to read it while it is it has made me hole -- maybe the person that I've been and what.
I always try to encourage our children we have four.
Successful youngsters at home but that I've always.
Encourage them to use sports to make a better life for yourself and just imagine someone like me who would never have sport and it and I've been faced with that before 25 years ago when -- had a serious foot problems.
They told me the amputation was a very realistic problem I've been in that -- -- I've been on that floor and now.
I'm back -- by the way we spent another obstacle to overcome used to stutter I'm -- -- -- when -- while you wouldn't show.
A little -- couldn't say a word till I was 28 years old and now David.
They are scouring the earth to find the person to get -- to stop it.
Copyright we gotta we gotta jump I got asked the NBA we saw just unbelievable game on Sunday night yet LA Boston who's gonna win.
Boston has the better team but the lakers are back in control and it looks like the team -- all of the ropes.
Comeback we've -- emotional charge no one's been able to take control right now but the but the leaker victory -- Derek -- huge fourth quarter in game three was just magnificent it is their ability to come above.
The fray and the Celtics.
Not showing the respect for the opposition off toward the respect for the game not realizing that you have to come out with the approach -- you're gonna out run them.
That you're gonna just out work and when you go up to.
Relentless attack I learned from the masters that John Wooden as -- read our backs and Jack Ramsey's Lenny Wilkens Casey -- on and on.
You've got to be the one that dictates the temple.
Defined the terms of the conflict and and play your game the Celtics are playing the reactive game right now with Colby and his brilliant.
How this all the best big man in basketball.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The Celtics.
Even though -- -- -- the -- they find themselves in real trouble right now is these are pearls like I hope the Celtics are listening to everything you say -- we got to leave it at that.
Bill Walton what a pleasure please come back and see -- again bill thanks for -- -- -- reporting that challenged athletes foundation is Jerry Garcia used to say.
Some folks would be so happy to have just one dream come true.
-- bless you thanks very much.
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