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Walton: A tribute to Bobby Gross, a teammate and friend

Bobby Gross was everything to the Portland Trail Blazers of the 1970s and had his jersey retired Thursday.

Updated: December 19, 2008, 3:37 PM ET
By Bill Walton | ESPN

Editor's note: This story was written prior to the retirement of Bobby Gross' jersey by the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Bobby Gross was the next evolutionary step in basketball history after Bill Bradley.

Bobby was so important Bob Dylan wrote a song about him, "You Angel You," with the lyrics, "You're as fine as anything's fine."

Michelangelo said when he saw Bobby, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

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