More 'Waltonisms' from Arizona vs. UCLA on Pac-12 Networks

Thursday's Bill Walton commentary for Pac-12 Networks' broadcast of Utah-Cal provided several gems. Can you guess how we'll be spending Friday's UCLA vs. Arizona semifinal? Transcribing. Here's his most memorable Walton-isms from tonight's game, written out and in their native habitat (video): “There’s nothing wrong with being selfish in the team concept.” – Walton on Shabazz Muhammad  “When I’m playing basketball, I want as little on me as possible. I want a tank top. I want a pair of shorts. I want two pairs of socks and a pair of shoes.” – Walton on UCLA’s alternative uniforms from Thursday “Stars shining brightly on the strip in Las Vegas.” – Walton on UCLA F Shabazz Muhammad “One man gathers what another man spills.” – Walton on UCLA Kyle Anderson, who finished the game with five steals “What is a traveling violation? (Arizona) Brandon Ashley in the corner, pick a pivot foot please. The refs, I don’t care if they call a foul, but every single traveling violation should be called. That will immediately clean up the quality of play and eliminate all the pushing and shoving going on.” – Walton on a missed traveling call  “I’ve done a lot of cool things in my life, but this is right at the top. Oh my gosh.” – Walton on the Pac-12 Tournament experience in Las Vegas  “Throw it down big man! One time, throw it down!” – Walton on Arizona F Solomon Hill's dunk “Up and down action, finally. Solomon Hill says, ‘there is nothing you can do about this. In your face!’”  Walton on dunk by Arizona F Solomon Hill “Jordan Adams. Doesn’t look like much. Doesn’t have those bulging veins we’ve become so accustomed to. Doesn’t have those muscles where the neck disappears, but what a game, what a touch, what a heart.” – Walton on UCLA G Jordan Adams “Jordan Adams has been the best individual player in this game today. His ability to hit the pull-up jumpers, not be out of control, stroke three pointers when they back off; Seemingly like Dr. Julius Erving from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst would be able to throw it up without even a prayer and it still goes gracefully through the twine. Only in Las Vegas at the MGM.” – Walton on UCLA G Jordan Adams “And the UCLA faithful explodes in exultation and celebration.” – Walton on the UCLA win “Thank you Brock. And thank you Australia.” – Walton on Washington State F Brock Motum “This whole week has been better than perfect. Thank you Las Vegas, thank you MGM, thank you Pac-12.” – Walton on the Pac-12 Tournament experience “It’s not a game of size and strength. It’s a game of skill, timing and position.” – Walton on Arizona’s lineupI was promised before the game that there was a rule book.” – Walton following a non-callIt’s like a gigantic rock festival that keeps getting bigger and bigger as the news spreads.” – Walton on the Pac-12 Tournament at the MGM Grand Arena and hotel “If you don’t have four fouls by the five minute mark of the [game] you haven’t done anything.” – Walton on Solomon Hill going to the bench with two fouls in the first half “John Wooden told us every game, ‘I’ve done my job. The rest is up to you. Don’t look at the sidelines over the course of the game because there’s nothing I can do to help you at this juncture.’ The games were memorized exhibitions of brilliance and you had to get an A, a perfect score, every time.” – Walton on John Wooden’s approach to practice vs. games  

 
 
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