Bill Walton is known in the sports world for a lot of things. Hall-of-fame career at UCLA under John Wooden. NBA Champion. NBA Most Valuable Player. College basketball announcer, who may, on occasion, go on a rant mid-broadcast.
Now, you can add lacrosse fan to the mix. Reports were confirmed on Tuesday that the NLL is officially expanding to San Diego and Philadelphia - a story College Crosse broke back in early July - and you could say that Walton is a little bit amped about it.
“It took me awhile, but I finally found my calling,” Walton says in the video, while wearing a generic ‘San Diego’ NLL jersey. “The NLL, coming to my hometown San Diego...the greatest place on Earth. Let’s go, let’s play ball.”
Walton is holding a custom Jerry Garcia stick from Warrior in the video, continuing the tradition of the intersection of lacrosse and the Grateful Dead.
To make the whole interaction and video more official, Walton seems to have gotten a visit from NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz.
The team doesn’t have a name yet, but having a character like Walton around to hype the league up certainly can’t hurt. Stay tuned for more updates on expansion and the NLL!