Bill Walton appears to be the right person for an alternative broadcast.
While it could be argued that any call made by the Hall of Famer is a one-of-a-kind experience in and of itself, Walton is getting his own branded series of games on the NBA’s League Pass app.
The “Throw it down with Bill Walton” alternate broadcast series will kick off Monday with Spurs at Trail Blazers, the first of five shows, all on Mondays.
What can we expect? Let the 70-year-old Walton explain.
“We have the NBA intergalactic platform,” Walton told The Washington Post. “We have the best basketball players in the world. We have the contract. We have the entertainment. We have the sports world. We’re here to celebrate life, health, and all that is good. We have wonderful visitors. I’m the luckiest man on the planet. The volcanic eruption and blastoff are scheduled for Monday night, January 23. Be there at 7 p.m. Pacific time. Miss out on this at your peril. You’ve been adequately forewarned. I’m pumped.
“Throw It Down” will be a metaphor for life. It’ll be like reading a fantastic book. It will be an incredible concert. It will be an incredible basketball game. It will symbolize everything good in life, sports, the NBA business, and the world. But you have no idea how much I adore all of the things I’ve just mentioned. You have a fantasy. You have a clear vision. But you have no idea how it will turn out. It will be broadcast live.”
Fox Sports’ Jason Benetti will serve as Walton’s co-pilot, and he will be in San Diego for the first show. Julius Erving and Nike co-founder Phil Knight will be among the guests on Monday.
“One of the reasons I’m so excited — and there are countless reasons why I’m so excited — about all of this is Jason Benetti’s genius capabilities, with whom I’ve previously worked,” Walton said. “He is a phenomenal conversationalist, quick-witted as can be and interesting, intriguing, inspirational, fun, all the things that I look for in life. And to have it in conjunction with the NBA, the NBA is unrivaled in every way. This is my 49th season in the NBA. I began when I was 21 years old in 1974, and I am still involved and have this incredible opportunity. And I thrive under pressure. I enjoy being in charge. I enjoy the sense of duty and obligation that comes with such a wonderful opportunity, and it is a true privilege. “I’m pumped and ready to go.”
Walton will continue to call Pac-12 and ESPN games.
The Walton experience will be available for the Feb. 27 game between the Knicks and the Celtics.