It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday. The regular crowd is shufflin’ in for the Pac-12 nightcap on ESPN.
Arguably the greatest tradition in college hoops, a West Coast game that tips off after the kids go to bed is a treat sent from the basketball gods. The pristine Pauly Pavilion and Oregon’s nausea-inflicting court are the pillars of the sport.
It gets better. On the call is Bill Walton.
Bill is here for a good time, and that good time involves a conversation about everything from philosophy to the Grateful Dead. There’s a little basketball sprinkled in there, too.
Some might say the television sportscaster’s commentary is better suited for a campfire with a guy on the verge of finding the right key for Wonderwall. Maybe a nationally televised game in the early hours of the night is life’s campfire.
Walton’s life until entering the broadcast booth is filled with more success on the basketball court than most can imagine. He’s a legend in the college and pro games and a first-ballot, red-headed Hall of Famer.
Sporting an athletic pedigree and the ability to talk about anything, anywhere for any amount of time, what is Walton’s romantic life like?
Bill Walton’s Ex-Wife Susan Guth & Kids
Bill and his ex-wife Susan Guth started dating in the late 1970s. The couple married in 1979.
The two had four sons together: Chris Walton, Nathan Walton, Luke Walton, and Adam Walton. The Walton boys were all basketball players like their father.
Chris played at San Diego State. Nate played at Princeton and ran for Governor of California in the 2003 Recall election. Adam played at LSU, Pomona College, and College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California. He’s currently an assistant at San Diego Mesa College.
Luke played at Arizona and won NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010. He served as head coach of the Lakers for three years and most recently served as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Luke’s titles as a player made him and Bill the first NBA father-son-pair to both win multiple NBA championships.
Bill and Susie divorced in 1989.
Bill Walton’s Wife Lori Matsuoka
Bill started dating his second wife Lori Matsuoka in 1990. They tied the knot in 1991.
Lori is the Philanthropy Editor for Giving Back Magazine. She’s passionate about work in the community, non-profits, and animal activism. Previously, she was a blogger for bdakine.com (now lorimwalton.com).
They live in San Diego, California.
Bill Walton’s Basketball Career
William Theodore Walton III was born on November 5, 1952 in La Mesa, California. He played with his older brother Bruce on the Helix High School hoops team. At 17, Walton was selected to play for the USA Basketball team at the 1970 FIBA World Championship in former Yugoslavia. The team finished in fifth place.
The center went on to play college basketball for legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA where he won two national titles. He famously shot 21 for 22 from the field and scored 44 points in the 1973 NCAA championship game against Memphis State. Additionally, he recorded 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block en route to the Bruins’ seventh-straight title.
The center won the National Player of the Year award in each of his three collegiate seasons.
— 2x NBA Champion
— NBA Finals MVP (1977)
— NBA Most Valuable Player (1978)
— 2x NBA All-Star
— All-NBA First Team (1978)
— All-NBA Second Team (1977)
— 2x NBA All-Defensive First Team
— NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1986)
— NBA Rebounding Leader (1977)
— NBA Blocks Leader (1977)
— No. 32 Retired by Portland Trail Blazers
— NBA 50th Anniversary Team
— 2x NCAA Champion
— 2x NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player
— 3x National College Player of the Year
— 3x Consensus First-Team All-American
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In a career riddled with injuries, Walton retired in 1988. He averaged 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.2 blocked shots with the Trail Blazers, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics. The 1986 Sixth-Man Award winner emerged victorious in two out of four playoff appearances.
Walton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
As a broadcaster, Walton has worked both NBA and college games for NBC, ABC, and CBS. He took home an Emmy in 2001 for Best Live Sports Television Broadcast.
He’s also appeared on the big screen in Ghostbusters, Celtic Pride, Little Nicky, Forget Paris, He Got Game, and Uncle Drew.