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By: Tony D'Amelio on December 14th, 2015

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Bill Walton: The Inspiring Story No One Knows


BILL WALTON was named one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time.  Walton’s accomplishments on the basketball court are well documented.  What most people forget is that he is also the most-injured NBA player of all-time. Of Walton’s 14 NBA seasons, he spent the equivalent of 9 1/2 seasons on the injured list.


That leads us to the incredible back story.  It’s the story the world doesn’t know about one of the most recognizable sports figures.  In Walton’s own words:

“I can’t do this anymore.  It’s just too hard.  It hurts too much.  Why should I continue?  What’s the point in going on?  I have been down so long now.  I have no idea which way anywhere is anymore.  There’s no reason to believe that tomorrow is going to be any better.

“If I had a gun I would use it.

“The light has gone out in my life, and there’s no sound, either.  Not even in my spirit and soul, where at least there has always been music.

“I have been living on the floor for most of the last two and a half years, unable to move, unable to get up.”

So begins Back from the Dead, the forthcoming book (due in March) by BILL WALTON. People will be shocked to learn that Walton spent much of the last decade in indescribable pain – pain so bad he thought of ending his life.


The story of Walton’s road back to health is an amazing tale . . . more amazing than his incredible NBA career . . . more amazing than him conquering a severe lifelong stutter in order to become a television broadcaster.  Walton’s grit and determination is fundamental to all he has ever achieved.

Bill Walton is an fantastic motivational speaker with an inspiring message: he inspires audiences to believe they too can accomplish great things in the face of overwhelming odds.  His appearances generate outstanding reactions like this one from late 2015:

“It was an amazingly, spectacular event with Mr. Walton (aka – “Bill…with 2 Ls”).  Our customers and guests were blown away with his genuineness — intelligence — outlook on life and compassion toward others — and their “one and lifetime” opportunity to meet a living legend.”Partner, Irving Place Capital


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About Tony D'Amelio

Tony has spent his career putting talented people and audiences together, first in the music business and later representing the world's leading speakers. After concluding 27 years as Executive Vice President of the Washington Speakers Bureau, Tony launched D'Amelio Network, a boutique firm that manages the speaking activities of a select group of experts on business, management, politics and current events. Clients include: Mike Abrashoff, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, Geoff Colvin, Daryl Davis, Ron Insana, Katty Kay, Beau Lotto, Nicole Malachowski, Bill Walton, and Bob Woodward.

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