The 6' 10 245-pound Long Islander is most famous as a footnote in the well-known Lew Alcindor arrival to the NBA. When Milwaukee tabbed the seven-foot UCLA superstar, it was Walk, the #2 rated college center from Florida, who was taken next by Phoenix. But there is much more to his story. Walk became a very effective passer and rebounder for the Suns, teamming with Connie Hawkins and Paul Silas for the contending team. Not the shooter/scorer some hoped he would be, Walk was nonetheless an effective starting NBA center in Phoenix. Hype regarding him saw Walk return to the Knicks briefly in the mid-70s, and then become a member of the New Orleans Jazz. Injuries also later declined his career. In the 1980s, Walk became a star again in wheelchair basketball. A tragic car accident had left him a paraplegic. The philosophical Walk, who had known fame and success, took his new condition in surprising stride, which was later documented in the Sports Illustrated story Neal Can't Walk. Walk today is in the Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame.



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