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Walton visits Utica during Boilermaker Weekend

By MIKE LEVIN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton vistied the Masonic Care Community Friday, during Boilermaker Weekend.  The two-time NBA champion is a representative for "The Better Way Back," a community that helps people who've suffered from back and leg pain, something Walton relates well to, seeing as his career ended due to foot injuries.

Walton, who finished his career with the Celtics and was named the NBA's Sixth Man Award Winner for Boston's 1986 title team, talked about many topics, including the Celtics, Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange, as well as the Boilermaker.  He even gave a special message to the runners and spectators, which included a shout out to another former legend of Boston Sports.

"Whatever it is we're going to do, realize the incredible joy, privledge that comes with the participation," said Walton.  "So get out there, give Bill Rodgers a big high five and just say thank you for showing us the way to the promised land.  Then just run, run, run, let the wind blow through your hair, let the sun come on your face, let the sweat just pour off your body.  What could be better.  The celebration is underway, the Boilermaker is happening.  Miss this at your own peril, you have been suitably warned."

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