Basketball: Bill Walton to speak at Cal today

Sorry for the short notice, but former UCLA All-American, TV analyst and general hoops philosopher Bill Walton will conclude his Pac-12 College Bus Tour with an appearance today at 1 p.m. in the Haas Pavilion Club Room, west side.

Walton will talk for about an hour — on topics ranging from John Wooden to the Grateful Dead to the college experience — and will take questions from Cal students and anyone who wishes to attend. Walton says no topic is off-limits and don’t be surprised if he discusses his fondness for Berkeley.

Cal radio personality Todd McKim will serve as moderator.

This is the 10th and final stop on Walton’s tour of the Pac-12 (he skipped two schools). He was a three-time national collegiate player of the year at UCLA, leading the Bruins to a 60-0 record his sophomore and junior seasons.

Sports Illustrated recently named him the second-greatest player in the 75-year history of the NCAA tournament. No. 1? His UCLA predecessor, Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Jeff Faraudo

  • calfanz

    Sure wish he had followed his heart to Berkeley.

    He would be the “face” of Cal Hoops.

  • rollonubears

    Is he sticking around for, or working, the game tonight? I would ask him in person, but I don’t live in California.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Big Walton fan. Did he coin the term “throw-down”?

    Hilarious: http://www.themoviemind.com/2008/06/05/best-bill-%E2%80%9Cwalton-isms%E2%80%9D-of-all-time/

  • milo

    Someone ask Big Bill if he’d like to smoke a J after the game and head to Amoeba Records to look for Dead LPs.

  • Juancho

    Ask him about kline.

  • David Swartz

    I’m glad that I missed it. He is an awful broadcaster.

  • rollonubears

    He definitely sounded like he’d stopped on telegraph to pick up some brownies before the tip.