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Bill Walton: ‘Gilbert (Arenas) lost his mind’

Jan 13, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

Bill Walton served as the color commenter for ESPN’s telecast of Thursday’s game between his alma mater, UCLA, and Gilbert Arenas’ alma mater, Arizona.

When the camera zoomed in on Arenas, Walton offered, “Gilbert lost his mind.”

Arenas’ misdeeds, especially during his time with the Washington Wizards, are well-documented. But I’m not sure Walton holds the high ground when making such a comment.

For a moment, it seemed Walton had backpedaled enough to move onto the highly competitive game, saying “Life is a series of choices. We wish Gilbert the best.” But then he continued, “We love Gilbert. He used to wake up, and he would be on our living room couch.”

Finally, play-by-play man Dave Pasch interjected: “Let’s save the rest of the story for off air.”

Somehow, Walton went even further off the rails later in the game. But it’s Arenas who lost his mind.

(hat tip: JP Finlay of CSN Washington)

  1. unfly - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Yeah he lost his mind…all the way to the bank. $20m/year from the Magic to not play.

  2. goraidersgospurs - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    By the conversation Bill lost his mind, Pasch wanted no part of it!!!

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      Pasch’s a lower conscious dude, just like most of you all.

  3. ProBasketballPundit - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    I used to love Bill Walton on NBA broadcasts and often wondered where he went. I guess now I know.

    • JHathwell - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      He’s too smart, nuanced and funny for a mass audience to appreciate. Bill is a treasure.

    • stephenlin - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      me too. it’s good to see that he’s still doing broadcasts!

  4. jimeejohnson - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Bill Walton was one of the best to ever play, both in college where he only lost one game in four years, and in the pros, where he was an NBA champion with two teams. Find another scapegoat. Arenas DID lose his mind, or do you bring your gun to work, too? Hey, maybe you’re a wingnut gun lover who can’t defend himself any other way. No worries: fat, out of shape guys need protection, too.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Thanks for the link to Deadspin. There are many bloggers who know Walton’s a genius who might go off on tangents but is a basketball genius well beyond anybody out there except Marv Albert.

  5. slaugin - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I why was Gilbert sleeping on Walts couch? Maybe Walt should have laid of the acid at those Dead shows

    • zacziegler - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Gilbert crashed on Walt’s couch when Luke was playing at Arizona. Luke and Arenas were close friends, and Arenas would often stay with the Waltons in the off season. They got the school in trouble once with the NCAA because of Bill buying a plane ticket for Arenas so he could go to an NBA finals game with Luke.

  6. qpoiu1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    keep gettin dem checks agent zero!!!

  7. therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Gilbert Arenas ? I thought Patty Hearst crashed on his living room couch ?

  8. badge3832 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    The fact is, Gilbert Arenas lost his mind. That doesn’t mean Bill Walton needed to point it out.

  9. spursareold - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    It’s funny how different two players career arcs can be. Gilbert was drafted in 2001, and essentially out of the league in late 2011 with the amnesty provision. Tony Parker came out in the same draft, and is still killing it, making the All NBA 2nd team last year.

  10. campcouch - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    he made 80 mil and apparently that hot chick next to him. A-OK for a crazy dude lol

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