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He just started howling like a werewolf during the Arizona-Washington game. Was referencing Warren Zevon.
This is a virtuoso performance. Earlier he referred to a Washington possession as "one of the worst possessions in the history of Husky basketball" and openly questioned whether UCLA would win another game this season.
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He's one of the 10 coolest people on the planet. He should cover more games. So hilarious.
Well The Dead did cover the tune, but usually on Halloween...
Never laughed as hard as I did when Walton went on the Junkies a few years back to talk about some promotion, and they tried to ask him some NBA questions as he just ignored them and did his shtick. Eventually they sat there silent to see how long he'd talk without noticing nobody was talking back and eventually hung up on him. It was amazing.
Walton is a God.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?
he's beyond amazing, I love watching games that he covers
So we're pretty sure he smokes before games, right?
I've never laughed harder at a funny thing an announcer said than I did when Walton was doing the UCLA/Mizzou game earlier in the year. He was going on a rant, during game action about the value of kids going to school, even one and dones. It went like this:
"these kids should go to school, experiment a little bit, try new things"
(shabazz muhammad takes wild, ill-advised shot)
"see! like that!"
He is awesome. friendly and funny as hell... He mentioned Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon as well during his howling :)
He and Bob Ryan were on my flight back to Boston the morning after we won the Natty in Atlanta. He could not have been any nicer to me as we dissected aweseome Dead shows song by song. Ryan was looking at us like we were from Mars. The sports announcing world needs a lot more Bill Waltons.
I love how he likes to say "one man gathers what another man spills" after turnovers on the court.
Throw it down big man. Love listening to Walton call games.
Kevin McHale a story about Walton's later years with the Celtics and practice. During scrimmages between the first team (white team jerseys) and second string (green team jerseys), McHale said Walton would run down court after any positive thing his squad did clapping, yelling and stuttering "go, go, go, go green team." When McHale explained it you could really visualize Walton doing it -- so much energy and enthusiasm. A one of a kind.
he took lsd. Befriended Ken Kesey and Jerry Garcia.
he gets a lifetime pass for everything.
It was either a 30 for 30 or some other documentary about Wooden that amazed me how Wooden was the only guy it seemed Walton respected. Really interesting stuff about how he protested Viet Nam, hung out with the hippies on campus, etc. but when it was practice or game time he was business. When Wooden told him to cut his hair, he cut his hair.
I remember Bill Walton as a player very well. He had genius basketball iq and was always on and full of energy. He went something like 23 for 24 in fgs in NCCA title game against Memphis.
he was a great player whose career was robbed by chronic foot problems. Walton beat to a different drummer and was unique. I always pictured him at UCLA sitting with students in Native American Indian sitting pose discussing philosphy and smoking a joint.
The late great Coach John Wooden handled & coached Waton and Kareem perfectly. Coach Wooden was strict, but he could bend some, he was a genius also.
As an announcer, there is nobody like him, The other night he was going nuts on UCLA Coach, Howland? for his substitutions, I love when he goes get a rebound please, throw it down big man. Walton makes you feel good.
I spent half an hour last night re-watching HOF Bill Walton moments.
The one that cracked me up the most was definitely the one of him clowning on his son. Now I can't re-find it but I'm pretty sure at some point he said something like 10 generations of Walton ancestors are glad they are dead so they don't have to watch teh the horrendous athletic ability being displayed on the court.
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I was shocked a while ago to read that he considered suicide at one point due to chronic back pain.
Certainly not the sort of thing I'd have expected from such an apparently happy-go-lucky guy.
But I guess pain is pain.
That entire video sums up the board's feelings about Stephen A. and Walton. It's all so clear to me now.
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The first minute of this is gold
That's classic. Vintage Walton.
It's so awesome when he talks about how he hates what college basketball is now (coaches controlling the game with a bunch of set plays and time outs, physical play and no freedom of motion, slow play, etc.). Wooden believed coaches did their work in practice and let his players play in the game and Walton displays that in every broadcast. It's pretty funny how much he hates Howland.
Well Bill played for John Wooden, Coach John Wooden and Morgan Wooten from DeMatha are my only role models in sports, becaause I know all about them, but my parents will always be #1.
Glad to see Bill back after back surgery, I know the pain of bad spinal cord and that is why I am up at 4 am, it is horrific and that is why I am still single.
The thing I always remember about Bill Walton is his passion and sense of humor.
I would have loved to played on a team with him. I had a friend growing up who was 6'6" and played D1 who was just like Walton. He actually had a very good career in college.
that is gold, Bill Walton, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, and his lingo, there is nobody on this planet like him.
Bill Walton is a national treasure, right up there with Bill Murray, the Godfather movies and the mint julep.
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