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May 26, 2010
Bill Walton joins Kings broadcast crew

Hall of Fame center Bill Walton is joining the Kings broadcast crew on a limited basis. Walton, who has suffered from debilitating back pain the last several years, is feeling well enough to work approximately 5-10 games for the Kings. According to Kings co-owner Joe Maloof, Walton will be added to the telecasts for the Kings games in Los Angeles, the LeBron James visit to Sacramento - regardless of which team the coveted free agent signs with - and could provide additional commentary from a local station near his home in San Diego. Walton becomes the second high-profile announcer added to the Kings broadcast team within the past few weeks. Previously, Jim Gray was hired to work a 20-game schedule.

"We'll start out slow and see how Bill handles it," Joe Maloof said Wednesday afternoon. "If he feels he can travel and wants to do more, that would be fine. He can offer commentary, join Grant (Napear) and Jerry (Reynolds) on the telecast for a quarter, do some reporting. We thought this was a great opportunity to add a Hall of Famer to our crew and have some fun."

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