Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Sports Guy Redeems Himself

Okay, so I've criticized Bill Simmons' football writing quite a bit in recent weeks. I stand by everything I've written about those columns, but I've always thought that Simmons was the best mainstream basketball writer in the business. He's just posted a lengthy podcast with basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton, and its really good.

Bill Walton has always been a favorite of mine, because he stuttered his entire life until he was deep into his basketball career, when a Portland Trailblazers broadcaster introduced him to a speech pathologist who had helped him beat his own stuttering problem. Walton, whose previous attempts at speech therapy had not produced results, found immediate results with the new pathologist. To a stutterer such as myself, the fact that a person like Walton, who was once too embarassed to speak in public now makes his living speaking on the air is a source of inspiration. Of course, now that he can speak without stuttering, Walton basically never shuts up, as this podcast shows - its basically a 50-minute stream of consciousness.

Just for old time's sake, here's a clip of Walton kicking ass:

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