Maybe it’s just me, but I find former NBA star and currently analyst Bill Walton to be an extremely interesting character. During his time in the NBA, Walton wasn’t your typical professional athlete. The former UCLA Bruin was and still is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum.
This day in age, it’s not entirely uncommon to hear insanely idiotic statements from college and pro basketball analysts/personalities. These statements are most often made just to get a specific reaction or simply troll a certain fan base. When it comes to Bill Walton, I’m 100% convinced he believes everything that comes out of his mouth.
Former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng recently had the best game of his young NBA career. In a win over the Utah Jazz last week, Dieng scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in 22-minutes of action. Bill Walton was on the call for Fox Sports as the color commentator. Needless to say he was extremely impressed with Gorgui Dieng and compared him to Kevin Durant and Lebron James.
You won’t hear his commentary in the video above, but I can promise you it happened. Here are a couple of key witnesses.
Pretty sure @BillWalton is the first person to ever compare Gorgui Dieng to Kevin Durant.
— Kenny Ocker (@KennyOcker) February 28, 2014
More in #Walton land: comparing Gorgui Dieng to Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
— Mat Smith (@RealMatSmith) February 28, 2014
Never change, Bill. Never change.