Every year millions of people celebrate America’s unofficial marijuana holiday, 4/20. In honor of today’s special day, here are four athletes who love the mary-jane.
C Bill Walton
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Everyone knows a guy like former Portland Trailblazer Bill Walton; he’s always wearing tie-dye, he probably likes to play ultimate frisbee and is still complaining about Bernie Sanders not getting the Democratic nomination.
If it weren’t for chronic foot problems, Walton very well might be regarded as one of the top ten players of all time.
Most NBA players are known for one elite skill; Kawhi Leonard can defend anyone, Michael Jordan could score at will, and Rajon Rondo can find an open man against any defense. However, Walton could do it all; his elite shot-blocking, passing and rebounding subsequently elevated the play of his teammates.
There is no greater testament to Walton’s prevailing impact on his teammates than winning the 1976-77 MVP and his championship campaign with the Portland Trail Blazers. Walton became the first, one of only two all-time, to win the MVP with less than 60 games played.
Portland’s deficiencies without Walton were transparent. They limped to a 5-12 record in the games in which Walton missed.
Injury-free once the playoffs came around, Walton shined. Most notably, he averaged 18.5 points, 19 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.7 blocks leading the Blazers to a 4-2 series win over Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers. Walton was the only Hall-of-Famer on his own team.
What Walton could have accomplished with an injury-free career is unknown, however, it is clear that his transcendent skill-set is something that might never be seen from a seven-footer again.
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