Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  22 responses

Bill Walton to Call Sacramento Kings Games

Tyreke Evans’ show-stopping moves will now be narrated by Walton, which can only mean one thing: you need to watch more Kings games. Reports the Sacramento Bee: “Fifteen months after undergoing innovative spinal surgery, he can stand again. He can sit again. He can sleep again. He can travel again. He always talked a great game, and so the next step, this next giant stride, transports him into the Kings’ broadcast booth on a limited basis. The plan is to start slowly, to stay on his feet. Initially, he will work Kings broadcasts in Los Angeles and provide commentary while watching other games at a television studio near his home in San Diego. The end game is whatever Walton wants it to be. Or what his health allows. While the pairing certainly appears incongruous, this union between the sharp-tongued Walton and a sensitive, small-town franchise, keep in mind that the Maloofs are both shrewd businessmen and complete softies for heartwarming stories. The conversation started when Joe Maloof read T.J. Simers’ compelling account of Walton’s struggles in the Los Angeles Times and chased down the big redhead’s phone number … Walton’s day begins at a local YMCA at 4:30 a.m. He swims, lifts weights, stretches, relaxes. His pain is manageable now, he says, and no longer prevents air travel, which is one reason he isn’t limiting his future with the Kings. ‘When Joe called, I was flattered,’ said Walton. ‘He said, ‘Bill, we have something special starting here and we want you to be a part of it.’ I told him I would do anything they wanted. We didn’t even talk money. This is about starting my life over again with a dynamic organization, and with fans who have been touched by something that’s very special. We want to get back to that as quickly as possible.’”

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  • The Philosopher

    I remember when Kevin Johnson had to leave a game because of an injury to his lip. Bill Walton said something like, “come on, K.J., you don’t dribble with your lips!”

  • Tommy Patron

    Best of luck to the big man.

  • The D Train

    Made my day. Love me some B-Dubb, baby! Throw it down, Big Man, throw it down!

  • larrylegend

    seems as z-bo’S products did a good job on walton’s back!

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    Bill Walton sucks

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Nice! As a player, I think he got more credit than he deserved, but as a color commentator I give him props. Glad he’s back. “Terrible” Lol

  • The D Train

    Now if they will only bring in Snapper I will be all over Kings games next year.

  • http://manutebogues.blogspot.com cramzy

    Order is restored to the universe. Bill Walton is that dude

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    Damn I miss him calling Clips games. Kings fans should find themselves lucky

  • Logues

    frank caliendo doing bill walton is priceless

  • LA Huey

    Good to hear he’s back.

  • From out of Nowhere

    Missed opportunity, Blazers.

  • Robb

    Man, what did the Kings do to deserve this?

  • doyouwantmore

    As a Kings fan, I’m conflicted. Walton’s definitely a fan favorite and this is good news for the franchise, but the Western Conference finals debacle against LA is memorable to me, not only for the refs awful calls and Kobe’s elbows, but for Walton’s gratuitous d*ck-riding of the Lakers squad as he called those games.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Cosign doyouwantmore. Bill was las biggest nutswinger in early 00s. He was shameless and extremely annoying. Seems very odd

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Throw it down, Hawes, throw it down?

  • skywalker

    are you serious? still complaining about the queens getting dealt back in 2002

  • MikeC.

    Hopefully this leads to a reunion of the NBA on NBC color commentary all-star team of Marv, Snapper and Bill. We need the real dudes back so Reggie Miller will stop making my ears bleed. Gotta love Bill’s awesome take on things: “The cardinal sin of basketball is the jump pass.” Bill solidified himself as an awesome announcer when his son, Luke, committed a hard foul during a game and Bill said “A dirty, dirty play by a dirty, dirty player.” Welcome back Big Man, we missed you while you were away.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    if you dont like that, u dont like nba basketball

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Great news. “Stroke it, big man!”

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  • smallz

    Are the Maloof’s keeping Grant and Jerry too?

    I hope so, but business is business.