4.05.2008

Walton and Wooden Health Update

Bill Walton Pinched Nerve in Back

Luke Walton said his father, Bill, still is recovering from a pinched nerve in his back. "His back is all jacked up," Luke Walton said of his father, an All-American at UCLA and a member of the Hall of Fame who now works as a television commentator.

Bill Walton has remained at his San Diego, Calif., home during his recovery."He's going through a tough time right now," Luke Walton said. "He can't go into the arenas and sit in those chairs. He definitely can't get on a plane. He said that's the most painful thing. He can barely get into a car right now."

Walton, playing in an era when freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition, was UCLA's starting center for three years. He helped the Bruins to an 86-4 record, back-to-back 30-0 seasons and two national championships.

John Wooden Broken Wrist & Collar Bone

John Wooden's daughter, Nan Muehlhausen, said that her father is doing much better and an irregular heart beat discovered last month is now under control. He recently had to have a blood transfusion.

The 97-year-old Wooden fell at his Encino home on Feb. 28, hitting his head and breaking his left wrist and collarbone.

His wrist is in a cast and his arm is in a sling.

Former UCLA players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Warren and Andy Hill have also stopped by to cheer up Wooden. Bill Walton has called him or emailed him just about everyday.

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