Your Favorite Athletes Who Are Probably Celebrating 4/20

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

Bill Walton, funky outfit.jpg
Photo via Ron Chenoy, USA Today Sports

Type of Stoner:

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.

Athletic Accomplishment:

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.

(click for next page below)