Bill Walton on suicide, his return; John Hollinger's new job | SI.com

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Bill Walton on suicide, his return; John Hollinger's new job | SI.com
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At the worst moments, when the back pain was so great and his mind filled with thoughts of suicide, Bill Walton had a horrible thought: He might actually live. "When you are in unrelenting, excruciating and debilitating pain that never goes away for years on end, your life is over," Walton said. "You go through the stages of thinking you are going to die to wanting to die to the worst possible stage of all which is: I'm going to live and this is what I'm stuck with. But I got better and it is amazing what they have been able to do for me. I can think. I can sleep. I can move. I can ride my bike. I can dream..."

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