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The Son of Bill Walton

Discussion in 'Cavs Talk' started by Frank Reynolds, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. Frank Reynolds

    Frank Reynolds Co-Owner Paddy's Pub

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    Thought this was a pretty interesting read from Joe Gabriele about Thanksgiving with Bill Walton


    When most of us sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, we’ll look around the table and think how unique our family is.

    But it’s fair to say that none of us have had holiday gatherings quite like the ones that Cavaliers forward Luke Walton and his family shared growing up in Southern California.

    Luke – the scion of one of professional sports’ most iconic stars and incomparable characters – has described parties at his father’s house before: with his dad playing one-on-one games against Larry Bird in the driveway or members of the Grateful Dead relaxing in the backyard hot tub.

    If that’s the kind of stuff that went down at Big Red’s hacienda during the year, we were curious what the holidays were like. So Cavs.com got a glimpse of what Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s – or, in this case, a combination of all of the above – was like for the basketball version of The Waltons ….

    Can we assume that the Walton family holidays are unlike most family’s?
    Luke Walton: Our holidays have always been a little different. Like, between our schedules and my dad’s schedule, we’ve had Christmas as late as New Year’s Eve.

    Luke WaltonWe try our best to get the whole family together, it’s just normally not on the day of the holiday.

    How big is the holiday gathering?
    Walton: My mom’s side of the family is huge. And my dad’s side: we have me and my three brothers, a couple cousins, uncles, grandparents that all live in San Diego. So we try to all get together for whatever holidays we can. We have a good time, cook it up.

    Do you go with the traditional Thanksgiving meal?
    Walton: We keep it pretty traditional out there. Other meals we go vegan, but for Thanksgiving, you gotta do the turkey, the stuffing. You gotta do all that. So we keep it pretty traditional.

    Do you do the traditional football-watching after dinner?
    Walton: We always do football. My uncle – my dad’s brother – played in the NFL; he played for the Cowboys. He was an offensive lineman, went to UCLA and played for the Cowboys for a couple years. And the Cowboys always played on Thanksgiving.

    So we always had the football on – which was great for us, because our dad never let us watch TV – except for basketball. That was the only thing we were allowed to watch.

    So Uncle Bruce, who is his older brother, is the only guy who can tell my dad what to do. So when he was over for Thanksgiving, football was on. We would do that and afterward, between my brothers and cousins, we’d be in the backyard, doing some sort of activity until it turned into a fight. Then we’d come back in.

    Any celebrities ever make it over for the holidays – Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick?
    Walton: Well, they’ve all been over there, but not on the holidays.

    For Christmas, we kinda had an open-door policy. We’d have friends over. And it was never on Christmas. So they’d do Christmas with their families and they’d love Christmas at our house.

    And we’d do Trivial Pursuit – but there weren’t “presents,” per se. It wasn’t like “Luke’s present.” It was like: “Here’s the present, whoever gets (the answer) right, gets it.”

    So sometimes our friends would leave with more presents than us.

    So anyone who got Trivial Pursuit questions would win your family’s Christmas presents?
    Walton: Well, you’d play Trivial Pursuit, and if they got more questions right … yeah.

    It wasn’t the actual “Trivial Pursuit.” It was made-up questions from my dad. Completely off the wall stuff – whatever random questions he’d write down on paper, he’d read them, and whoever got the questions right would get to go pick a present out.

    Did your family provide the presents?
    Walton: My parents provided the presents – my dad and my step-mom. And everybody who played was eligible.

    But there was a catch. One time, I got a heavy box and I was all excited. I opened it up and it was every NBA team’s old media guides from the previous year. They were wrapped up. It was whatever stuff he had. One time there was a box of power bars.

    So even if you got it right, it wasn’t always the most exciting gift you’d ever gotten.

    Luke WaltonDoes your dad do anything special before dinner? Say “Grace” or a few words?
    Walton: He gives “the yell” – it’s kinda like the dinner bell.

    He actually used to go in the backyard and ring the dinner bell. He stopped doing that and now he just gives a shout throughout the house that ‘dinner is ready and we are starting. If you want to eat, you better get down here and eat.’

    And after everyone’s gathered at the table?
    Walton: We have a big roundtable – my dad has a big custom-made Grateful Dead table – it has skulls and all kinds of Grateful Dead symbols on it.

    And there’s a big lazy susan in the middle of the roundtable. And once that lazy susan starts spinning, you’ll be middle of grabbing something, and if Big Bill wants something, you’ll be stuck holding that empty serving spoon until it comes back around.

    With the Cavs hitting the road, do you have any plans for this year?
    Walton: It’s going to be real tough this year. For Thanksgiving, I have my girlfriend out here. So we’ll do a little something after practice (on Thursday).

    But as far as the family, I think we’re going to do the usual and wait until after Christmas to get together.
     
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  2. B3team

    B3team Situational Stopper

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    It is hilarious that Bill Walton trolls his own kids on Xmas with bad gifts. That he makes them compete for.
     
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  3. The Oi

    The Oi Or Also Schtick

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    Bill Walton has always been one of my favorite celebrities. Would love to hang out with him.
     
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  4. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Why has Bill Walton. not responded to this thread?
     
  5. "Boobie" Gibson

    "Boobie" Gibson In the Rotation

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    I hate looking at and/or listening to Bill Walton speak.

    Possibly the worst voice of all time.
     
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  6. howler1313

    howler1313 Preview Team

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    Bill Walton is one hilariously cooky and slightly off guy. Loved his commentary:

    [video=youtube;6KkrccHEAqg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KkrccHEAqg[/video]
     
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  7. Frank Reynolds

    Frank Reynolds Co-Owner Paddy's Pub

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    No!, NO! NO!

    Reggie Miller, is THE WORST. Overly cocky, nasal-y voice, bitter because he never won shit, dyke sister, annoying as well. It can't get worse than Reggie Miller.

    Oh Dick Stockton is FUCKING AWFUL TOO. Just his pauses during the game you can clearly tell that he is a football announcer first and foremost. And putting him with Chris Webber's black ass? Not trying to offend anyone or be racist or anything like that but when you have Old River Dick Stockton you think it's a good idea to pair him up with a stoned Chris Webber? Webber isn't half bad, it's just the mixture.


    Great Commentary lineup: Steve Kerr, Kevin Harlan, Hubie Brown, Mark Jackson

    Terrible Commentary lineup: Reggie Miller, Dick Stockton, Mike Breen (The biggest LeBron cock sucker of all time)

    Mike Breen: "James having an off night tonight, but you know what Dick? This man could get a triple double on the toilet, I mean he could vomit into the toilet, take a dump, and piss sitting down all in one trip to the ladies room, I mean this kind of talent, it's simply supreme, call the stone mason, start chiseling his plaque for Springfield" BANG!
     
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  8. Czvosec

    Czvosec All-Star

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    Disagree with the bold, I think they should be flipped, but otherwise agree.
     
  9. Homestar

    Homestar Situational Stopper

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    Reggie is definitely the worst thing to ever happen to broadcast.
     
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  10. Jack Brickman

    Jack Brickman Preview Team

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    ^^
     
  11. IWantAKouki

    IWantAKouki Kouki, Not Cookie.

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    Luke Walton has been.....fantastic.

    Unlike pretty much anyone else on the team, he drives with the intent of passing (probably because he can't score, but don't tell anyone else that). He's been our best facilitator in a few of these games. We need more guys to do what he does. Slash and pass. Mix the defense up. He had the best +/- on the team last night and it was no lie.
     
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  12. Jon

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    It's pathetic that Scott has so little trust in our other bigs that he plays Walton at PF even as Lopez takes Zeller to the shed play after play.
     
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  13. rabman_gold

    rabman_gold Anti-Florida yet stuck here...

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    Forget that... it's sad that Luke has to put a word into our star's ear to get him prepped up to finish the game. No one else did that or can do that. That's what being a "leader" is. I know he doesn't have much left to show, but I understand the difference he makes for us just be being on the floor. That presence is a big thing.
     
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  14. PIP

    PIP Orange and Blue Staff Member

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    That's a 2 time World Champion we're talking about...
     
  15. gratefuldead

    gratefuldead Sixth Man

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    luke's playing career is done after his contract runs out...im sure he knows this

    i wonder if we could hold on to him in a coaching role?? kid has been on championship teams and really knows the game

    imparting his knowledge of passing to some of these kids would be awesome
     
  16. DJTJ

    DJTJ 3 ball... got it!

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    I call him White Wizard. His passes are magic.
     
  17. godfather

    godfather NBA Starter

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    Luke is fun to watch. He's not very talented, but plays hard, and the guy can definitely pass. He'd be a lot of fun to play with, and I'm sure the guys on the team love playing off him. It's always nice when a guy is willing to make the extra pass.

    He probably is done after his contract runs out, but I can definitely see him getting into coaching. Just seems to understand the game so well.

    And Bill Walton is by far, away, the greatest commentary ever. I would buy tickets just to watch him talk. I wouldn't even have to be drunk to enjoy myself.
     
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  18. godfather

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    Doug Collins was hands down the best of them all. Not even a debate. I thought Kevin McHale was damn good, too, before going back to coaching.
     
  19. DawgOnKing

    DawgOnKing Confused Spouse/Parent

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    Hubie and Collins. That's as good as it gets. I would listen to those two call a Jr. High girls game.
     
  20. Lionheart

    Lionheart Sixth Man

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    I really am liking his role on the team. He may not have much but he acts like a true vet would. He displays poise on the floor that The youngins would be wise to notice. Probably a nice locker room guy too. I wouldnt mind keeping him here for the vet min once his contract is up (if we don't trade him for assets). There's a reason Byron plays him so much.
     

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