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August 17, 2011 Updates

In the following season, Wallace threw the towel at Sabonis during a timeout of a game against the Lakers. Sabonis had accidentally smacked Wallace's face earlier when he collided in the post with O'Neal. "Under normal circumstances, he'd have probably knocked his head into next year," Doucette said. "I don't think you want to challenge Arvydas. But he kept his cool because he knew that if he didn't, that team would come apart right there. He did a marvelous job of remaining composed." Walton, who was broadcasting the game nationally, still feels remorse over the incident. "It was one of the lowest moments of my life," he said. "If I was any kind of a man, I would have got up from that broadcast table and walked across the court and punched Rasheed Wallace in the nose. But I let Sabonis and the game of basketball and the human race down that day." Grantland

I asked the question that Sabonis has no doubt answered a hundred times. How would he have fared if he were never hurt or if he had entered the NBA at an earlier age? Would he have been the edge Portland needed in winning championships in 1990 and 1992 instead of just making finals appearances? "Look, what happened, it happened," he said. "I don't know. I know what's real in my life happened. What else? Who knows? If I came in '86 or '92, if I come we would be talking about other questions. But I came in '95, so we're talking about '95." Grantland

July 11, 2011 Updates

Bill Walton loves bikes. From his college days riding to class at UCLA to his daily ride through Northwest Portland to practice at the Rose Garden, bicycling has always been a part of Walton's life. So, when the nearly seven-foot tall, Hall of Fame basketball legend and member of the Portland Trail Blazers 1977 NBA Championship team visited Portland for a speaking gig earlier this month, he used the trip as a perfect excuse to put in some miles on the open road. BikePortland.org

April 20, 2011 Updates

Instead, Nelson is the winningest coach in NBA history, owner of half (give or take) of Maui, and, seemingly, a guy who knows he has been dealt a good hand. Nelson and his wife, Miss Joy, live in a newly built manse in a fenced-in seaside compound in downtown Paia (pie-E-uh), a little sailboarding and tourist town. The home is divided in half, so half can be rented out, though Nelson doesn't seem very aggressive about renting it. Mostly it's open for drop-in visitors, like Bill Walton. A big tourist activity is to coast on bicycles down the long road from the top of the giant Haleakala crater. "Walton rode up the mountain," Nelson says with a laugh. San Francisco Chronicle

April 18, 2011 Updates

Q. Many, including Coach Wooden, consider you the greatest center ever. Do you agree with that assessment? Bill Walton. Uh, that would be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Q. So you are the second greatest? A. No. I was a member of some great teams and was blessed to play for Hall of Fame coaches. It’s not how good you are, it’s how good your teammates are. New York Times

Q. Do you mind sharing your list? A. Sure. In chronological order it was Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. There are two players today, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, who have a chance to join that list. Q. Compare your son Luke’s talents to yours. A. He’s a much better player than I was. He’s in his eighth season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, the best team in basketball, and he plays for Phil Jackson. New York Times

March 23, 2011 Updates

Earl Barron: Just watched the Fab Five documentary start to finish finally. Bill Walton said they were under achievers and over rated. WTF. They made it to the Final Four as freshmen. How is that over rated? Everybody just hated on their style back then. Twitter

February 19, 2011 Updates

Reggie Miller, believed to have been a leading candidate in his first year of eligibility, was not among the finalists. Miller, a five-time All Star, played his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers and held the N.B.A.’s record for 3-pointers until Ray Allen broke it last week. “Reggie Miller, that guy’s a Hall of Famer,” said Bill Walton, who, like Miller, is a former U.C.L.A. great. “The Hall of Fame is about history, it’s about changing the course of history. I am flabbergasted, flabbergasted on a lot of fronts. Flabbergasted that Jamaal Wilkes is not already in the Hall of Fame, flabbergasted that Reggie Miller is not front and center here today. If I was in charge, things would be different.” New York Times

February 13, 2011 Updates

But if you want to hear Walton in full vein-popping rant – without a microphone in sight – ask his thoughts on Sacramento's uncertain arena situation and how it feels when a community loses its NBA franchise to another city. He lived it. He played a significant part in it, once. He seriously believes his famous foot injury was the root cause of the San Diego Clippers' relocation to Los Angeles in 1984. "The biggest failure of my professional life," Walton said. "It's the truth. If I had been able to play, the Clippers would have been a vibrant team, a dynamic team, would have had a new arena in my hometown, San Diego. It's a stain and stigma on my soul that I will never be able to cleanse." Sacramento Bee

"Instead we have a tragic sense of loss," said Walton. "San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the country, and it does not have an NBA team, an arena. What they do have is a beautiful baseball stadium that has revitalized the entire community, the city, everything that goes into it, so I've seen it work. And we've seen it around the country, with NBA teams as anchor tenants in Staples Center, Denver, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando. "Sacramento … this franchise has everything in place for success except two things: A competitive arena and mature enough players to compete against the elite. Attendance comes with a better product on the floor, and that will swing back with the development of Tyreke (Evans) and DeMarcus (Cousins)." Sacramento Bee

February 2, 2011 Updates

“I don’t worry about my legacy,” O’Neal said. “I look at it like this: There are certain guys that have legacies, and I’ve [expletive] tripled and quadrupled what the [expletive] they did, like Bill Walton. That’s how I look at it. Real talk. Everybody has a pen, so everybody’s going to say otherwise. But I know guys that got one [championship] and they got $60,000 speaking gigs off what they did 30 years ago. My legacy is straight. I don’t worry about it. Yahoo! Sports

January 28, 2011 Updates
January 6, 2011 Updates

Bill Walton encouraged Luke Walton to retire in the summer rather than risk a similar future of agony. Luke Walton refused. This is ... so hard. "No parent wants to see their child suffer and how that changes your life. Basketball is a glorious celebration of life, of health, of everything that's good, and there is no better example of that than what Shaq is going through right now with the Boston Celtics and how much the Celtics will mean to Shaq now and for rest of his life, and how much fun it's going to be on that last long run. "You want that," Bill said. "You want that for everybody, to have the end be so great, and you really want it for your children." NBA.com

Walton's father responded with a message, words from a loved one: Retire. Basketball is a passion, but it's not life. "Any parent would do everything to take pain, suffering, frustration, disappointment and loss out of their children's lives," Bill said. "I want what's best for Luke." Luke: "His concern, obviously, as my father, he doesn't want me to have it go as far as he went, where he was miserable and all that stuff that went on with him. His advice was health is more important than basketball. But I wasn't willing to live with that advice. I had to do everything I could first. I think I found a solution that will let me continue to play." NBA.com

Bill: "I don't want to see him in pain. I don't want to see the long-term ramifications." Luke admits his father encouraged him to think about the future: "And I wasn't OK with that." NBA.com

"But," Luke said, "I don't focus on those things. If that happens, that happens. I'll have to deal it with it then, down the road. But to sit around and worry about that now, lose sleep over it now, is not going to do anything for me. "So I just keep working hard and doing my exercises and my stretching. I've been doing yoga once or twice a week. Pilates. All that stuff, every week. The combination of everything has been great." NBA.com

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