Coming Friday: We’re not stuttering here, Walton speaks

Yes, William Theodore Walton is alive, and somewhat kicking, just not on ESPN (or ABC) coverage of the NBA playoffs because of his back surgery from last February and subsequent recovery and therapy.

He had the same kind of back problems during last year’s NBA Finals and only able to join the ABC coverage during the finals — as a special guest — while watching son Luke compete with the Lakers against the Celtics.

He gave us some time this morning to break down the NBA playoffs to date — more specfically, why the Lakers need to exploit their big-man advantage against the Nuggets and whatever team they end up against in the Finals. And why dirty play uglifies the NBA.

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