UCLA Notes: Bill Walton, Drew Gordon, Adem Bona's Future, Maya Brady

UCLA basketball lost two beloved former big men this week.
Unkown date & location, USA; FILE PHOTO; UCLA Bruins (32) Bill Walton in action. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Unkown date & location, USA; FILE PHOTO; UCLA Bruins (32) Bill Walton in action. Mandatory Credit: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports / Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It was an incredibly sad week to be a UCLA Bruins fan. Two former Blue and Gold star big men passed away — three-time National College Player of the Year and two-time NCAA champion Bill Walton, a Hall of Fame center cherished for his remarkably well-rounded game and delightfully eccentric personality, and power forward Drew Gordon, who spent his first two seasons of NCAA eligibility with UCLA before transferring to New Mexico. The tributes poured in all week.

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