Walton Wraps Up Campus Tour
Pac-12 Networks/ESPN basketball analyst Bill Walton culminated his 3,500-mile bus trip around the conference by visiting Cal on Wednesday, an appopriate stop to serve as the pinnacle off his journey.
Walton is much more than basketball. His penchance or philosophy, critical thought, education and the Grateful Dead make him a perfect fit for Berkeley. And he didn't hide his enthusiasm for the campus during his 75-minute speech to about 150 Cal students before calling the Bears' game against Stanford on ESPN2 later that night.
"How better than perfect to be back here in the cradle of civilization," Walton said. "This is Berkeley, where anything is possible."
Walton spent the past 10 weeks traversing the Pac-12 on his "Bill Walton Pac-12 Campus Tour," speaking to students at each stop and broadcasting games along the way. The focal point of his tour was not so much about the basketball, but more trying to get his message of education and inspiration across to students.
Like he has at each stop, Walton touched on a variety of topics during his remarks. He spoke often of John Wooden, his legendary coach at UCLA. Walton even said he asked Wooden if he could spend the spring quarter at Berkeley every year. Not surprisingly, Wooden politely nixed that idea.
Walton also shared some serious anecdotes, most notably about the lifelong orthopedic problems that eventually got so bad he was essentially immobile for awhile.
"As you reach your dreams, realize that you never know how it's going to play out," Walton said.