Bill Walton calls out ESPN colleague, labels him a ‘troll’

Walton seemed very unhappy with Joe Lunardi’s treatment of the Pac-12.

1. In a normal case of co-worker-on-coworker crime, there is always some skepticism about how real the heat might be because most co-workers don’t air their dirty laundry in public.

When Bill Walton is involved in the peer-on-peer crime, things get EXTREMELY murky because you just never know where Bill is coming from. And I say that in a positive way.

So I can’t say for sure that Walton’s Thursday night exit on Joe Lunardi, who handles ESPN’s Bracketology coverage, was 100% genuine, but it sure seemed like it.

During the Utah-Arizona game, Walton, who called the game on the Pac-12 Network, addressed the conference and said, “Look, Joe Lunardi is a troll who has no respect or regard for the conference or the champion.”

Walton’s play-by-play partner Roxy Bernstein chimed in and said, “That’s not true.”

“It’s true,” Walton said.

“That’s not true,” Bernstein interjected.

“You’re entitled to your opinion, even when you’re wrong,” Walton clapped back.

In his latest Bracketology, Lunardi had just two Pac-12 teams in the field.

What makes Walton’s verbal haymaker interesting is that he works for ESPN, but he made these comments on the Pac-12 Network, which no one watches. Would Walton have gone after Lunardi during a game he called for ESPN?

I guess Walton and ESPN will chalk this up to “Walton being Walton,” but I don’t know how you can listen to that clip and think Walton was just kidding.

But then again, it’s Bill Walton, so anything is possible.

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Don’t freak out and don’t even pay attention to what Skipper has to say about NFL and PPV. First, the current NFL TV deals run through 2033. Second, the NFL will never do this.

4. Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith tried to make a basket while dribbling last night, but the best part was the commentary from Shaq and Charles Barkley.

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