Where’s Walton? Back to back issues

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Bill Walton, who hasn’t done an NBA broadcast since an excruciating back injury in Feb. 2008 put him down, tells the New York Times (linked here) that he has no plans to come back behind the microphone.

The 57-year-old Basketball Hall of Famer out of UCLA has bigger ideals.

Walton said he was devoting himself to the Better Way Back program, an initiative aimed at providing resources and support for people with chronic back and leg pain.

Walton was so dispondend by his back that, last month, he admitted to the San Diego Union Tribune that considered suicide (linked here).

“This type of experience, ordeal, odyssey, it wrecks everything and it changes everything,” Walton said Thursday. “You face every issue imaginable. Every issue — family, social, friends, financial, health — everything in your life is up in the air. You turn your back on people, friends, because it’s awful.”

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