Sport: The Bone of Contention

A basketball giant ends his career in injury and litigation

When he could play, Bill Walton was the Man Mountain of basketball, a flame-haired, 6-ft. 11-in., 225-lb. human wall beneath the basket. The true measure of his greatness was the glint in his eyes, the concentrated, almost maniacal fury that burned when he leaped to block a shot or scanned the floor before rifling an outlet pass on a fast break. That intensity made Walton one of the finest and most feared centers of his generation.

At U.C.L.A., he carried the Bruins to two national...

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