The NBRPA mourns the loss of Paul “Lefty” Walther

December 23, 2014

Paul "Lefty" Walther, a former NBA All-Star in 1952 and a member of the Longest NBA Game, has passed away at the 87.

Walther played six years in the NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers, Indianapolis Olympians, Philadelphia Warriors and Fort Wayne Pistons. During his All-Star season in 1952, Lefty averaged 12.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.5 apg.

Paul was a standout at the University of Tennessee as a freshmen leading the Volunteers to an SEC Championship. He took a leave from school when he joined the Navy during World War II. He returned and led the Vols in scoring his junior and senior year. Lefty was named a Second Team All-American his senior year when he average 17.8 ppg.

According to Ben Byrd formerly of the Knoxville Journal, "Lefty was probably one of the five best basketball players Tennessee ever had, and maybe the most entertaining one."

Walther was a great player on the court and a great man off the court. He was a father of seven with 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Services will be held in Atlanta at the Cathedral of St. Philip this Saturday, December 27 at 11 o'clock.