Former UCLA great and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton has signed a book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster to write a memoir that chronicles his basketball career, his personal struggles, and his recovery from injury, the Associated Press is reporting.
Tentatively titled “Back From the Dead,” Walton’s book is co-authored by John Papanek, who has worked at ESPN and Sports Illustrated, among other outlets.
During his time with UCLA, Walton averaged 20.3 points and 15.7 rebounds, earning First Team All-American honors three times. He went on to be drafted into the NBA, where he averaged 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Walton has revitalized his career as a broadcaster, most recently signing a deal with the Pac-12 Conference to broadcast basketball games on its newly formed network. He previously was a color commentator for NBC’s coverage of the NBA, as well as for the Los Angeles Clippers, and ESPN.
The financial details of the book deal were not disclosed, but it is due to hit shelves next fall.
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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.
The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.
Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.
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