Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy dies at 74

Mr. Bellamy and Wilt Chamberlain battled for a rebound.
Mr. Bellamy and Wilt Chamberlain battled for a rebound.Associated Press/File 1966

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ATLANTA — Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday. He was 74.

The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but did not provide details. The Hawks said Mr. Bellamy attended the team’s home opener Friday night.

“Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. “Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt’s family.”

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