As part of ESPN’s “crossover” night, Dick Vitale and Bill Walton will bring their unique styles to tonight’s Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers game.
Each season, ESPN swaps some of its college and NBA commentators for a night to give the fans some interesting new squads to listen to. While having Dick Vitale on NBA and Jeff Van Gundy on college hoops is usually fun, ESPN kicked it up to a new level for tonight’s games.
Not only will Vitale be joining Dave Pasch on tonight’s primetime Cavs vs. Pacers game, but he’s bringing along the ever-entertaining Bill Walton whose trippy irreverence is a form of entertainment all its own.
Fan on Twitter are already pretty pumped and/or terrified for what could be the most ridiculous broadcast in recent memory.
Umm…Dick Vitale and Bill Walton are calling Pacers/Cavs on ESPN? Have I died? Is this Heaven?
— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) February 13, 2017
Bill Walton and Dick Vitale announcing a game together may break everyone’s tv and twitter at once. So many slogans and screaming. Love it
— Clayton (@cbake75) February 15, 2017
Dick Vitale and Bill Walton calling a basketball game together is honestly a dream come true. Don’t @ me.
— Colin Hughes (@colin_hughes28) February 15, 2017
BILL WALTON AND DICK VITALE ARE CALLING A GAME TOGETHER THIS WEEK ARE YOU KIDDING ME MY LIFE IS COMPLETE
— Luke Darst (@LDarst13) February 12, 2017
Who in the world thought having Dick Vitale and Bill Walton call a game together is a good idea????
— the college kid (@KingCT1996) February 12, 2017
Dick Vitale and Bill Walton calling an NBA game together is proof that the programming director at ESPN is a drug user
— CURE | HOTEP | KANGZ (@CureHipHop) February 12, 2017
Dick Vitale and Bill Walton are going to be calling an NBA game together on Wednesday. The world isn’t ready for such absurdity
— Jacob Bigelow (@The_Bigelow) February 14, 2017
Can’t imagine this pacers cavs game with bill Walton and vitale calling the game together.. who allowed this lol
— Dwayne (@DWilk12) February 15, 2017
This is actually not the first game that the unique combo has called. As ESPN notes, the three were on the call for the first ever high school game on the network, featuring LeBron James’ St. Vincent-St. Mary’s team. James, of course, will be on the court again tonight for the Cavaliers.
The Vitale/Walton game is the headliner, but ESPN has a few other interesting combos tonight. The full list, via ESPN Media Zone:
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers – ESPN – Dave Pasch, Dick Vitale, Bill Walton, Lisa Salters (7 p.m.)
Kansas State vs. Iowa State – ESPN2 – Dave O’Brien, P.J. Carlesimo, Kara Lawson, Holly Rowe (7 p.m.)
No. 12 Duke vs. No. 18 Virginia – ESPN2 – Karl Ravech, Jay Bilas, Doug Collins, Maria Taylor (9 p.m.)
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks – ESPN – Ryan Ruocco, Dan Dakich, Jeff Van Gundy, Adam Schefter (9:30 p.m.)