Basketball: Walton zings Bears, Monty

Courtesy of the Pac-12 Networks, here are a few “Waltonisms,” random remarks by analyst Bill Walton made during the broadcast of Cal’s Pac-12 tournament game vs. Utah.

At the bottom, check out his rather direct criticism of Cal coach Mike Montgomery and his team’s execution at the end of regulation against Utah:

“Fantastic pace to this game. Shot clock not a factor, refs inconsequential; Players soaring like eagles here over the desert sky.” – Walton on early pace of the Cal-Utah game.

“I love guys that shoot without dribbling. When I watch basketball, I say, ‘what has happened to this game?’ All it is these little guys dribbling incessantly, aimlessly, without purpose, only to draw attention to themselves. Please save us.”

“You have to have the attitude that everybody’s watching every play. That’s what your youth coaches teach you, that’s what your college coaches teach you…Every play is critical on every level.” – Walton on players responding when on a national stage.

 “(Jordan) Loveridge used a stiff-arm, Rick Neuheisel is here; He’ll appreciate that one, but this is basketball.” – Walton on Utah F Jordan Loveridge.

“Cal has got to get going again and stop thinking the world is against us. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and start playing ball. You had a chance to win and you couldn’t turn him (Jarred DuBois) back and you didn’t commit a foul. It would have been an easy one to finish off right there, but you let a left-handed guy dribble to his left and hit his own shot. DuBois has been doing that pretty much all night, pretty much on command all season.” – Walton on Cal’s response to Utah forcing overtime.


Jeff Faraudo