We can all agree that the NBA lockout is the worst. Not only are we in danger of missing out on the best players playing the best sport, we’ve already lost most of the Nuggets to China, have to resort to posting about Blake Griffin’s thong choice, and are surviving on Gary Neal highlights and matchups between cities no one considers summer ball meccas. It sucks and no one’s even sure when it’s going to end, so that sucks even more meaning it double sucks.

But maybe, just maybe, things are getting better. Our source of hope? Bill Walton, who just might have some inside info he’s playing coy about. From the Orange County Register:

He said he didn’t want to comment on [the lockout] then, hinting anything he said would soon become outdated.

“They’re close,” he said, grinning widely, as if he knew something he couldn’t share about the negotiations between owners and NBA Players Association.

Does that mean he is confident there will be a full season?

“Oh, yeah,” Walton said, grinning again. “They’re close.”

Hey, if Bill Walton says it, it must be true. He wouldn’t lie to us. He’d exaggerate to us, no doubt about that, but he wouldn’t straight up lie. That’d be like your wacky uncle making up stories about the lockout ending, which he probably wouldn’t do. (I don’t know your uncle, so if he’s a liar, please disregard this last sentence.)

Plus, Bill Walton seems like he’s plugged in enough to know how the negotiations are going, and I feel like people would trust him enough to tell him what’s really going on. Maybe I am just too confident in Bill Walton’s trustworthiness and want to believe that the lockout is ending, but I am willing to buy this. Thanks for a tiny shred of possibly misplaced optimism, Billy Walty.

Pretty much the only thing that could make me believe that Bill Walton has the inside scoop is he said, “The most tragic lockout in the history of organized labor has nearly come to an end. Soon, our beautiful game will be exciting the electrons in our plasma screens. Today is the greatest day of all-time.” This will have to do.

Comments (8)

  1. Did he happen to mention something about a big guy, and going to the hole? Bill walton IS lying ..

  2. This from the guy who once said Kobe Bryant was “literally on fire” after hitting 5 straight field goals. Someone pass the grains of salt…..

  3. This is the greatest blog post in the history of mankind. Trey’s writing flows like the water from Niagara Falls.

    God, I want this lockout to end just so that I can hear Walton commentate on some of the Celtics’ and Kings’ games again.

  4. The NBA season will rise up like a mighty wildebeest reborn from the ashes of the vast Serengeti… It’s Camp David part two. I’m all aglow, posting up on Muggsy Bogues in a downtown Peoria playground. Like a Robert Horry inbound pass, the negotiations are true of heart and imbued with the human spirit. Throw it down, big man!

    As a side note, Bill Walton’s commentary is the greatest gift to man in the history of human civilization. That is all.

  5. Walton also said that ‘Searching for Slava is a cataclysmic rite of passage’. He’s so zany. http://bit.ly/pUDb6I

  6. So adjusting for Walton exaggeration, we may have basketball in 2012?

  7. If everyone was like Bill Walton, the world would be an awsomly better place. At least we would all have a “greatest day of all time” every other day… And that would be some-what nice.

  8. Trey… we need a bill walton quote since we learned the leagues first two weeks are cancelled… They must be REAL close now..

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