|A small collection of Bill Walton phrases||01.28.11 at 10:46 am ET|
Celtics fans received a treat Thursday night when Bill Walton stepped in for Tommy Heinsohn alongside Mike Gorman on the Comcast SportsNet broadcast. Walton remains as goofy, weird and non-sequitur-ish as ever. Only Walton could drop a reference to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday into a riff on basketball creativity, especially in a game that featured very little in the way of aesthetically pleasing basketball.
To be sure some people didn’t like Walton, whose crimes against broadcasting included: talking too much, saying weird things that made no sense, making sweeping over-the-top statements that couldn’t possibly hold up under scrutiny, and not being Tommy.
To those people we say: Lighten up. It’s Bill Walton! You were expecting something different?
The one thing that shown through the broadcast is that he loves the game and loves being around it. In April of last year, Walton told the San Diego Tribune that he had contemplated suicide because of the back pain that had nearly completely incapacitated him. Walton has been working a handful of Sacramento Kings broadcasts this year and is obviously thrilled to be back around the NBA.
If you missed him Thursday, Walton will also join Gorman for Friday night’s game in Phoenix and be on the Comcast set for Sunday’s game in Los Angeles.
This is just a small sampling of Walton’s witticism and odd one-liners, pulled from Twitter and my own notes. Some need more of a set-up than others. Please add others in the comments:
On oft-injured Portland center Greg Oden:
He should move to Hawaii, lose a ton of weight and start all over… become a yoga master
On former Pistons Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn and Dennis Rodman:
They just made those decisions. That they were going to break all the rules of human decency.
After Doc Rivers argued a call:
Doc Rivers making sizable contributions to our website, ilovetherefs.org
On Ray Allen’s shooting form:
Flawless … like Yosemite Falls coming right through the rim
After pleading for Kevin Garnett to come back in the game, Walton seemed almost sad that Semih Erden was checking in instead.
Semih’s not as good as KG
After the camera caught Garnett in the middle of his pregame ritual where he bangs his head against the basket stanchion:
Kevin Garnett, working on his repetitive head injuries
On Portland center Joel Pryzbilla:
Pryzbilla does what he does best… violate the rules.