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BSA to welcome basketball star as speaker at 2007 convention

Glen Ellyn, IL -- Former NBA player Walter Bond will be one of the featured speakers at the Bearing Specialists Ass...


January 19, 2007
By MRO Magazine

Glen Ellyn, IL — Former NBA player Walter Bond will be one of the featured speakers at the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) 2007 Annual Convention, May 4-8, at the Marriott Marco Island Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Marco Island, Florida.

Bond is the author of All Buts Stink! How to Live Your Life and Eliminate Excuses, a topic the former NCAA and NBA star knows well.

All Buts Stink! is designed to help people regardless of age or position release themselves from mediocrity and position themselves to reach their potential and to be free from all excuses. How many times have you heard a friend, family member or co-worker completely explain how they haven’t achieved their dreams and framed the explanation with the word “but”? Bond’s basic fundamentals of success are available to everyone, whether they are in business or basketball.

Although Bond was never drafted by an NBA team, he did play eight years for professional basketball teams, including the Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons.


Before the NBA, he played at the University of Minnesota and was known as the top sixth man in the NCAA at the beginning of his senior year. His college career came to a dramatic end after he suffered a broken foot twice during his senior year. This left him un-drafted and unnoticed by any scouts or teams on the professional level. But Bond could not give up.

He spent the next season in the CBA, which is the developmental league for the NBA. He finished that year stronger, quicker and more determined than ever. He made the all-rookie team and found himself invited to a number of free-agent camps that summer. While playing for the Wichita Falls Texans, he was noticed by the son of Richie Adabato, then coach of the Dallas Mavericks.

That fall, Bond became the first-ever rookie free-agent to start opening night. In his NBA career, Bond played in 153 games and scored a total of 873 points. On November 10, 1992, in just his second professional game in the NBA, he scored a career high 25 points as a Maverick against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Towards the end of his career, Walter became the owner of a national franchise which helped him get his feet wet in the business world.

Bond is just one of a handful of speakers scheduled to address convention attendees in two days of business programming. The schedule also includes BSA’s Conference Tables, affording the opportunity for productive meetings between manufacturers and distributors to discuss issues of mutual interest. Attendees will also work in an association business meeting.

As is always the case with BSA Annual Conventions, attendees will have numerous informal networking opportunities within the framework of the business program. For many attendees, these less-formal, networking opportunities are the heart of their BSA experience. Attendees are able to meet and interact with industry associates otherwise unavailable to them.

For more information on BSA or the 2007 Annual Convention, contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; e-mail or visit the association website at