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JordansBulls
11-04-2009, 12:02 PM
Source: Sportsbusinessdaily (http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=sbd.main&ArticleID=134572)

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Bill Walton has decided not to appear on ESPN’s NBA telecasts this year, ending a relationship that started in '02. The Basketball HOFer missed most of last season because of back pain. His deal with ESPN expires after this season. “As I return after a grueling multi-year, life-threatening, life-changing ordeal with back problems, it is time to dedicate the rest of my life to service,” Walton said in a statement released by ESPN. “It is great to be back in the game. Thanks everybody -- for everything.” ESPN Exec VP/Studio & Remote Production Norby Williamson: “Bill is a Hall of Fame talent, both as a player and broadcaster. NBA fans will miss his distinct personality. We appreciate all of his contributions to ESPN and share best wishes toward continued health and happiness.”

Trouble87
11-04-2009, 12:23 PM
I personally won't miss him... he was annoying at his best

Vidball
11-04-2009, 12:37 PM
:clap:

Hustla23
11-04-2009, 12:39 PM
:cry:

How do you guys like this ? Bill is a great commentator.

Whatever happened to Tom Tolbert ?

Him and Bill had pretty good chemistry and they were really good too.

:(

Chronz
11-04-2009, 01:02 PM
Yea I miss the chrome dome that was Tolbert, I liked his no BS attitude but Im guessing it got him fired.

Bill Walton was only appreciated by Clipper and Rocket fans. And by those who understood his comedic style, most people are too young to really appreciate Bills passion.

TheKing23
11-04-2009, 01:12 PM
Bill Walton's got great teeth

mikantsass
11-04-2009, 01:13 PM
Was never really a Walton fan... but at the same time i didnt mind him

AntiG
11-04-2009, 01:14 PM
Bill, along with Walt Clyde Frazier, is my favorite commentator in basketball, and one of my favorites in all of sports. Will be missed, some of the things he said through the years made me fall out of my chair laughing... and on others, like the way he blasted Shaq for his anti-Asian comments, made me respect him as a person. Just about the most passionate basketball person out there.

ChicagoRox
11-04-2009, 01:28 PM
Won't miss him a bit :clap:!!!!! I take that back. I'll miss him doubting Jordan and the Bulls during the finals. And eveytime, he was wrong. I guess he was just flustered cause everyone was saying that the 72-10 Bulls Team was better than his championship team.

MTone8788
11-04-2009, 01:32 PM
Thank god. :)

Draco
11-04-2009, 02:46 PM
Good.. hopefully he'll be replaced by someone not given to exaggerations, excessive praise, obvious remarks and basketball cliches.. Walton was a joke.

JordansBulls
11-04-2009, 02:58 PM
Now all we need to do is get rid of Mark Jackson.

Gibby23
11-04-2009, 03:03 PM
Yea I miss the chrome dome that was Tolbert, I liked his no BS attitude but Im guessing it got him fired.

Bill Walton was only appreciated by Clipper and Rocket fans. And by those who understood his comedic style, most people are too young to really appreciate Bills passion.

Tolbert is a funny guy. He is on the radio in San Fran everyday at 3 to 7. I think he said he quit because of all the travel.

Zefflin
11-04-2009, 03:08 PM
Great, more room for me now.

loki34
11-04-2009, 03:09 PM
This is the greatest news in western civilization...or what ever the hell he said.

Punkindrublic03
11-04-2009, 03:11 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSZS6sRVWsk&feature=PlayList&p=C7D7A50AA89138F1&index=13

Bill Walton is classic!

Don Starks
11-04-2009, 03:19 PM
I wouldnt be surprised if his back pain is the result of doing too much acid. i know it sounds silly but that stuff gets caught in your spinal fluid and can really mess you up if you do too much. happend to a buddy of mine a few years ago. and everybody knows walton was a notorious dead head.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
11-04-2009, 03:32 PM
Bill was great.

Hawkeye15
11-04-2009, 03:34 PM
I will miss it when someone is describing a January Bucks-Clippers game as a battle between good and evil.

abe_froman
11-04-2009, 03:37 PM
i'll miss him,he was funny

Wilson
11-04-2009, 04:17 PM
That's a shame, I always found him to be pretty cool...

ko8e24
11-04-2009, 06:26 PM
now if only the lakers can get rid of luke, lol

Wilson
11-04-2009, 06:27 PM
now if only the lakers can get rid of luke, lol

Luke's the perfect bench guy for us...

ko8e24
11-04-2009, 06:29 PM
Luke's the perfect bench guy for us...

i kno bro, i wuz only kidding. it been well documented here on PSD that i've been a luke supporter moreso than a luke hater.

Wilson
11-04-2009, 06:29 PM
i kno bro, i wuz only kidding. it been well documented here on PSD that i've been a luke supporter moreso than a luke hater.

Fair enough :p :cheers:

TheHoopsProphet
11-04-2009, 06:47 PM
What an absolute travesty! ESPN will lose a colleague that was both under-appreciated yet integral to their success! With uncanny insight, profound one-liners, and an unselfish demeanor that always let the other analysts take the spotlight if it meant higher ratings, it is unequivocally a sad day for ESPN, the world of basketball, and humanity all together. At the same time, we must move forward, but this is a day to reflect on his beautiful use of character. As Bob Dylan once said, "the times they are a-changin". Godspeed Bill, and god bless. You are truly a man.