R.I.P. Walt Bellamy

I was really sad to hear that Walt Bellamy had passed recently.  I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bellamy at a reception in Atlanta for the reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian not too long ago.  I remembered meeting this very tall, very nice man with a big smile.  I felt so small next to him as he was making everyone around him laugh.

I told him about my sports show and asked if he would be a guest soon.  He said “I would be honored to be on your show” here he was a hall of fame center who played in the NBA for 14 seasons and he would be “honored.”  I was so happy.  I remembered telling him what I was “trying” to do and he simply said “you are doing it; you’re not trying and keep doing your thing.”

Mr. Bellamy was born in New Bern, North Carolina.  He attended Indiana University and won an Olympic gold medal in 1960.  He was the first overall pick in 1961 by the Chicago Packers and played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta and New Orleans Jazz.  He played in four All-Star games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

It was a pleasure meeting him when I did.

R.I.P. Walt.