Bill Walton joins The Vertical Podcast

Bill Walton joins The Vertical Podcast

The Woj Pod - March 23, 2016

Hall of Fame center Bill Walton joined The Vertical Podcast with Woj in a wide-ranging discussion on his life and basketball career. Walton, who recently authored his memoir, “Back From The Dead,” discusses how close he came to committing suicide because of years of agony over a collapsed spine. Walton goes into entertaining detail on playing for a crusty military colonel coaching on the U.S. National team at 17 years old in Europe, getting offered part-ownership of an ABA franchise out of UCLA, refusing to accept trying out for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team, Maurice Lucas kicking Daryl Dawkins ass in the 1977 NBA Finals. Walton explains why the FBI pounded on his hotel door as part of the Patty Hearst kidnapping investigation, how he extracted himself from Donald Sterling and the decisions Boston Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach made in a hospital to allow Walton a chance to play with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.

Previous Episode

Michele Roberts, the NBPA Executive Director, joins The Vertical Podcast

March 16, 2016
Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association Executive Director, joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast with...

Next Episode

Joey Crawford joins The Vertical Podcast & The VPI with Nick DePaula

March 28, 2016
Legendary NBA referee Joey Crawford sits down for an illuminating and emotional visit with Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast...

About The Show

Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with The Woj Pod. Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sport – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.

Hosted By

Adrian Wojnarowski
Adrian Wojnarowski