an existence largely shaped by dark matter

Posted: March 29th, 2016 | No Comments »
Walton watching his Portland Trail Blazers play in 1975, his foot immobilized by an injury. Bettman/Getty Images

Walton watching the Portland Trail Blazers play in 1975, his foot immobilized by an injury. Bettman/Getty Images. Courtesy of the New York Times.

interesting article about bill walton, the basketball player and announcer, who i grew up listening to:

I had come to San Diego to speak with Walton about his life: the magic rainbows interweaving over the bottomless, flaming abyss. He tells that story in his new book, the amazingly subtitled “Back From the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light and Throwing It Down.” For an athlete’s biography, the book is surprisingly fatalistic: It begins with Walton on the brink of suicide and ends with many of his friends dying. It suggests an existence largely shaped by dark matter — all the things that didn’t happen, that never coalesced, that went missing.

and his miraculous growth spurt!

At 14, Walton blew out his knee in a pickup game. It was during his recovery from that injury, while he lay in bed for three months, that Walton hit his improbable growth spurt: He got in bed at 6-foot-1 and got out at 6-foot-7½. This is one of the many ways in which Walton’s basketball life seems mythological: The injury and the growth, the gift and the curse, were one.



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