Bill Walton joins The Vertical Podcast
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.