Bill Walton didn't just play for the Trail Blazers, he was a trailblazer off the court as well. Risking his NBA career, the Hall of Fame center used his platform to stand up for what he believed in. Despite the impact he left on the game, Walton’s new mission was to help others and push for positive change. Whether it was his commitment to others experiencing the same chronic pains that cut his career short, or protesting the Vietnam war, this former 1st overall draft pick was a pioneer.
“These days you see more and more athletes using their platforms to make a difference in the world, but athletes from earlier generations deserve credit for paving that road.”Harrison Barnes
Respect Your OG’s is a segment where current NBA players pay homage to their NBA heroes, sharing stories of their favorite past legends who paid it forward for a good cause and how it inspired them to build their own legacy off the court. These athletes are using their platforms to raise awareness and challenge social injustices. Like each player has their own skillset on the court, they each have their own mission to give back.