For those who don't know, I am devotee of basketball in addition to my musical pursuits. With the 2014 FIBA World Cup beginning later this summer, it's a perfect time to celebrate basketball and broadcasting great Bill Walton, lover of both sport and music. Here are three memorable and music-related broadcasting moments from Walton:
Boris Diaw and Beethoven
In this 2006 clip, Walton makes reference to Beethoven's Eroica Symphony while praising the virtues of French forward Boris Diaw, then of the Phoenix Suns. (Casual basketball fans will recognize Diaw from his recent resurgence in San Antonio, which included an important role in the 2014 NBA Finals.) I particularly enjoy broadcasting partner Mike Tirico's reaction at 0:34.
Ray Allen, "Lettin' it Flow"
In this 2001 clip, Walton compares shooting guard Ray Allen (then of the Milwaukee Bucks) to "an unbelievable guitar player" after Allen's missed shot at 0:07.
Grateful Dead and the NBA
In this 2011 clip, Walton discusses parallels between rock band Grateful Dead and professional basketball, including "creativity," "teamwork" and "building a dream."