SIXERS LEGEND DR J SAYS GOOD-BYE TO HIS FRIEND BILL WALTON

By Tommy Matthews

Bill Walton’s death at 71 brought out an amazing torrent of tributes.

Summed up succinctly by the Sixers legendary Julius Erving.

“Bill Walton enjoyed life in every way,” Erving said in a statement posted to X.

As a broadcaster, he had that same ride, teaming up with fellow NBC analyst Steve Jones and Tom Hammond on top crews.

In 2002, Walton worked the NBA Finals with Marv Albert for NBC. In 2003, on ABC, he was paired with play-by-player Brad Nessler and co-analyst Tom Tolbert for the Finals.

However, these aren’t the broadcasts that will live on in our memories of Walton. It was when Walton was more of a sixth man that he stood out to a greater degree; especially in the social media age.

His work on ESPN, late night on his beloved Pac-12, teaming with Dave Pasch or Jason Benetti really represented the groovy Walton experience.

That is why, upon his passing, social media played clips of Walton being Walton, comparing the San Antonio Spurs’ Boris Diaw to Beethoven or eating a lit cupcake or talking about actual Bears and Huskies when describing UCLA going out to an early lead on Washington.

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