The morning after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, a radio show invited Bill Walton on as a guest and then hung up on him. Any idea what city that radio show was based out of? If you guessed Boston, then good for you.
Fred “Toucher” Toettcher did on Friday morning what Mike Francesa should have done to Steve Phillips when he came on the air and claimed he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt straight up — cut him off and move along with the show. The Toucher and Rich Morning Show, 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston’s morning slot, decided a few games back in the series to have Hall of Famer Bill Walton appear as a guest when the series ended. When Walton got on the air on Friday morning and began gushing about how happy he was for his son (who logged a whopping zero minutes, zero seconds in the game) for winning his second championship and bragging about the Lakers, they cut him off like he was some pee-on caller.
Apparently “Toucher” assumed that the former Celtic — who won a championship with Boston in 1986 — would be slightly more objective and act as more of an analyst than a proud daddy. Keep in mind that as a Celtic fan I’m extremely biased with my reaction to this, but it honestly could be what gets me through my day today. They gave Walton a pretty fair shot and let him talk for a few minutes until it became clear he was only going to salt the wounds of the show’s painfully disappointed fan base. Bill probably didn’t help his own cause when he said something along the lines of, “After stealing Game 2 in LA, the Celtics had a chance to come home and win three straight and couldn’t get it done.” Three straight in the NBA Finals. That easy, huh Bill?