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Bill Walton Quotes
Bill Walton Quotes
"At 49, I can say something I never would have said when I was a player, that I'm a better person because of my failures and disgraces." "Bill Russell was my favorite player of all-time." "But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good." "Growing up, my parents were very, very strict. And then I went to UCLA with John Wooden, who was just off the charts." "I don't sleep much. I'm on the go. My mind is racing. My wife says my mind is like the rolling dials on a slot machine. So, yeah, I think about everything." "I love to cheer, and yell, and joke and to celebrate the best basketball in the world. And to see these new players, to see how good they are-guys like Paul Pierce and Jason Kidd and, of course, Shaq and Kobe, who are just off the charts. It's a real pleasure." "I mean, I'm 6-foot-11, I've got red hair, freckles, I'm a goofy, nerdy-looking guy, I've got a speech impediment-I stutter and stammer all the time-and I'm a Deadhead." "I might be the most injured athlete in the history of sports. I've had 31 operations. An endless string of stress fractures." "I was a skinny, scrawny guy. I stuttered horrendously, couldn't speak at all. I was a very shy, reserved player and a very shy, reserved person. I found a safe place in life in basketball." "I'm mainstream. Always have been." "Life is about growth. People are not perfect when they're 21 years old." "Right now, you know, it's not about the refs or anything else, it's about hitting first, getting on the run and never looking back." "That's what makes it so fun to be on a team. You're sitting at your house, thinking up this wild, crazy stuff as to how it's going to go, and the other guys are sitting at their houses doing the same thing." "Well, we've made some changes on this tour. We're no longer sleeping in the parking lots and swimming in the fountains. We've been staying in hotels most of the way, though I will say some hotels have declined to take us because we're just having too much fun." "Where else but the NBA could people like Bill Russell, Spencer Haywood, Ricky Barry, Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson come in and be allowed to be who they are?" "Without question, no hesitation, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the best player I ever played against."