Bill Walton’s Reasoning For Why Basketball Is Better Than Other Sports: Awesome, Or Douchey?
NBA champion and Hall of Famer Bill Walton doesn't get to speak publicly or commentate games as much as most people would like due to back issues, so when he does get a platform, look out -- this dude is gonna go in. Walton spoke at an event promoting the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Final 8 (a basketball tournament) yesterday, and he said roughly one hundred amazing things that centuries from now will likely be reviewed by orators and historians the world over.
Along with delivering an incredible basketball eulogy for Steve Nash and taking a moment to sing "Happy Birthday" to Neil Young -- seriously, here's the audio -- Walton gave one of the most elegant explanations ever of why basketball is better than baseball or football. Or it was kind of a douchey thing to say, depending on who you ask.
Bill Walton on why basketball is better than football – "a halfway house between the army and prison" – and baseball: pic.twitter.com/3ND7nyxPvZ
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) November 13, 2014
The speech starts out strong. He's right: Unlike baseball or football, every basketball player is involved in every play. He starts waxing poetic in the middle there, as Walton tends to do ("Shine a light, yeah.")
Then things get a little murky when he makes the baseball and football comparisons. So football players are thugs, and everyone in the MLB is on steroids? That's a bit of a generalization for both leagues, don't you think? Richard Sherman would probably prefer that you not ever talk about him, okay Bill?
Then he gets back into slam poetry mode. Basketball, yeah. Snap your fingers. Play the bongos. Basketball.
This is, by turns, one of the best things ever said about basketball, and one of the silliest and most unnecessary things said about baseball and football. Bill also called Boris Diaw "beautiful," though, so keep in mind that this guy only has one foot on this planet -- the other one, still shoeless, is stationed at a commune just outside San Francisco, where basketball and possibly drugs are life, the rest just being details.
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