Bill Walton is sitting on his undersized chair, sipping on a cup of sizzling miso soup and chatting about bold Guinness beer, legendary big men who "threw it down," the lessons he learned on and off the court and, in typical, hyperbolic, Walton-esque jargon, how he thinks the NBA is "on fire."
Bleacher Report was the only online-media outlet invited to interview the three-time NBA champion and College Player of the Year, Bill Walton, in Hollywood, Calif., as he shot a commercial for Guinness that will appear this coming March.
At first, Walton, 6’10", towered over me, kind of like how a five-year-old feels gawking upwards at the Empire State Building. But within seconds, Walton’s massive, intimidating exterior was revealed to be that of a jolly, gentle giant.
He cracked jokes with the production assistants, reminisced of how his green commercial attire reminded him of his high school colors at Helix High in San Diego, and then had more somber moments as he discussed his genuine, unwavering appreciation for basketball, like the sweet nothings whispered to his first love.