Virginia Legends Podcast: NBA Forward and Executive Wally Walker

“Wonderful” Wally Walker was one of the most important athletes in UVA sports history, leading the Cavaliers to the ACC Tournament championship in 1976, the first in school history. Wally had an extraordinary NBA career, winning two rings as a player and leading Seattle to an excellent 12 year span as president, general manager, and part owner. He currently runs Hana Road Capital, and we discuss his financial career there as well as at Goldman Sachs and Walker Capital. What a rewarding chat for all fans of college and NBA basketball!

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00:00 Intro; Managing basketball talent vs managing financial portfolios; Wally as a player in today’s game
13:40 Growing up in Millersville, Pennsylvania; High school basketball and baseball careers
27:55 Choosing UVA over UNC; UVA Coach Bill Gibson; NC State legend David Thompson; Summer camp life; Coach Terry Holland
45:30 Coach Holland’s relationships with Lefty Driesell and Dean Smith
52:35 1976 ACC Tournament
56:40 Getting drafted in the NBA; The late ’70s NBA; Winning rings with Portland and Seattle; NBA legend Paul Silas; Trading Marvin Webster for Lonnie Shelton; NBA great Gus Williams
01:23:30 Getting an MBA from Stanford; Investment/business career
01:28:45 Becoming President of the Seattle Supersonics; Final thoughts


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