The following story about the 1985-86 Boston Celtics is excerpted from Back from the Dead, released last month by Simon & Schuster, and available here.
While calling an Arizona-Cal men’s basketball game last Saturday, Bill Walton—who regularly goes off-topic in the booth—told his partner Dave Pasch to go to Temecula, get some “special dirt,” and rub it all over himself. That probably doesn’t even reach the top 10 wildest shit Bill Walton has said during a broadcast.
NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton claims to have 854 Grateful Dead shows under his belt, so of course he’s going to follow the band around as it plays its five final concerts.
Bill Walton took to Reddit yesterday to answer a bunch of questions, and befitting a guy who once asked "Have you ever been to a volcano?" to his broadcasting partner to end a 30 second tangent about Las Vegas, the questions were weird and his answers were weirder. The volcano even made an appearance.
Bill Walton has carved out a nice space for himself as the Harry Caray of basketball broadcasts, and he went on one of his weird tangents during last night's game between Stanford and Utah. I don't want to spoil anything, but make sure you stick it out to the end.
Late last night, while most of America was asleep, Washington and Oregon faced off in a negligible Pac-12 battle. Tourney hopeful Oregon won the game, but Bill Walton stole the show.
We've noted previously that college basketball games called by Dave Pasch and Bill Walton on ESPN can get especially weird, but we never imagined that it would be Pasch who would lead viewers to ask themselves, "Did he really just say that?"
Poor Dave Pasch. The ESPN college basketball play-by-play artist is repeatedly stuck with an increasingly unhinged Bill Walton, and last night's broadcast of the Arizona-UCLA game at Pauley Pavilion got weird again as Walton rambled on about who-knows-what.
Your day will be instantly brightened if you just assume that Ron Boone answers all questions with "Bill Russell."
Bill Walton's on-air behavior has been consistently weird this college basketball season, and that didn't change tonight as broadcasting's biggest Grateful Dead fan launched into numerous questionable tangents during ESPNU's Pac-12 tournament coverage of Washington-Oregon from Las Vegas.
The Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday gave away 10,000 wigs to fans for "Wild Thing Wig Night," a.k.a. Anderson Varejao Wig Night, a.k.a. Sideshow Bob Appreciation Night, a.k.a. Bill Walton Merkin Night, a.k.a. Beyoncé Perm Re-enactment Night, a.k.a. Mad Hatter Cosplay Night, a.k.a. Will Ferrell as Jackie Moon from…
Are you a Sacramento Kings fan? Ha, no, shut up, you're not. They're half a game ahead of last place in the West, 2-8 in their last 10, headed for the lottery again. They're probably leaving town. Who would ever want to go to a Kings game?
There is a show called Shark Tank that exists. It has something to do with entrepreneurs and their business ideas and inventions, and Mark Cuban is on it sometimes, and he knows people in basketball. Therefore, here is Bill Walton dressed as a water bottle. [Twitter]
In sports, everyone is a winner — some people just win better than others. Like weird, wonderful ol' Bill Walton, at last healthy again and back to doing the thing he does best: being ridiculous in public.
Former Celtic and resident NBA love child Bill Walton called in to Toucher and Rich's Boston radio show the day after Game 7. He was way too proud of his son, Laker Luke, for their tastes. Click. [98.5SportsHub]
I hope that I live to see my 87th birthday, if for no other reason than I might be lucky enough to receive a spaced-out answering machine message from Mr. Bill Walton.
Not sure when The American Sportscasters Association put out its list of the top 50 sportscasters of all time, but here it is. Berman's in there! And Joe Buck!
It is easy to forget sometimes that Bill Walton used to stutter. Remembering that little factoid makes his signature BOLD PROCLAMATIONS a little easier to handle; he wouldn't be Bill Walton if he didn't sound uncertain.