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Joe Mazzulla Speaks on Passing of Basketball Legend Bill Walton

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The basketball world lost an important figure on Monday as Bill Walton passed away at 71. Walton, who was in the game’s spotlight for six decades since his UCLA playing days, was remembered this week as Celtics HC Joe Mazzulla chimed in about Walton’s impact on the game.

Walton played for the Celtics from 1985-88, contributing to an NBA Championship in 1986 with Boston.

“He’s one of the best guys to listen to as far as commentating. As a Celtic, how much he loved the game, how much he loved his teammates, how much he cares about winning. Those values are things we try to emulate, talk about every day. He lived those from the people that have been around him. Definitely sad, but he’ll be missed,” Mazzulla said on Monday.

Mazzulla and the Celtics made Walton proud by defeating the Indiana Pacers in game four, reaching the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons. Monday’s finals clinching win marked the first time Mazzulla will serve as the head coach during the fight for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Mazzulla, 35, is the youngest coach to reach the finals since Bill Russell in 1969.

The Celtics will face either the Dallas Mavericks or the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Finals, with Dallas leading 3-0 over Minnesota in the Western Conference Finals.

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