Celtics Honor Bill Walton With Tie-Dyed Tributes Ahead of Game 1 vs. Mavericks

Photo: Instagram/Bill Walton

The Boston Celtics paid tribute to former center and ESPN analyst Bill Walton on Thursday night as they began the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. 

Walton passed away from cancer late last month at the age of 71. To honor Walton, the Celtics distributed tie-dyed pins with his name to fans entering TD Garden for Game 1. 

Players also wore special tie-dyed shirts during warm-ups. Walton's wife and four sons attended the game, and a moment of silence was held before tip-off.

Photo: Instagram/Bill Walton

Walton had a storied career, playing in the NBA from 1974 to 1988. He joined the Celtics in the mid-80s, winning a championship and earning the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1986. 

Walton's unique contributions to the game and his memorable broadcasting style have left a lasting legacy.


The sports world has celebrated Walton's life since his passing, with numerous tributes, including one from Dead & Company, reflecting his love for the Grateful Dead. Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle also shared heartfelt stories about his friend.


The Celtics, seeking their 18th title, face Luka Dončić and the Mavericks, who are in their first Finals since their 2011 victory. The last Celtics championship came in the 2007-08 season with stars Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.


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