"Classless, disrespectful, smug, arrogant bullsh*t": Fans slam Fred Toucher for calling Bill Walton "phony hippie"

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Fans slam Fred Toucher for calling Bill Walton "phony hippie."

The basketball world was hit hard by Bill Walton's death on Monday. While many praised the NBA legend, fans recently bashed one analyst for his comments about Walton.

Boston radio sportscaster Fred Toucher bashed Walton for some of his actions. The Hall of Fame center spent two years with the Boston Celtics to end his career. Fans clapped back at Toucher for the timing of the outburst.

Toucher mimicked Walton's speech when recalling a phone call that ended when he hung up on the icon, mostly because Walton's son was playing for the Lakers at the time. The radio show then played the phone call.

"'Like, make up your mind, you phony hippie," Toucher said. "Are you really selling cars or are you all about peace and love. ... Just go ahead; he's dead. I didn't kill him. Go ahead, play it (the recording)."

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"This is bizarre, have some respect for the people that have passed away," one fan tweeted.

Fans complained that stuff like what Toucher did is the problem with Boston media.

"Classic Toucher. No clue how people can listen to him," one fan wrote.
"Standard classless Boston biz," another fan tweeted.
"Why is it always Boston?" one fan tweeted.

Following his playing career, Walton hung around the game for years as a commentator. He died at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer.


Bill Walton was key member of all-time great Boston Celtics team

It's shocking to see a Boston radio host attack Bill Walton following his death. In the 1980s, the 1977-78 MVP was a key member of arguably one of the greatest Celtics teams ever.

Walton was an incredible talent at the center position, but foot injuries plagued his career. Even so, the Celtics took a chance on the two-time All-Star in 1985.

Playing Walton in a limited role behind Robert Parish, Boston managed to get the most out of him. He appeared in 80 games during the 1985-86 season, the most of any year of his career. After averaging 7.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists off the bench, Walton also took home the Sixth Man of the Year award.

The Celtics already had a talented roster with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale leading the charge. However, adding a healthy Walton to the mix helped them reach new heights.

To this day, that Celtics team is regarded as one of the best. They went 67-15 in the regular season in 1986, which is the second-highest win total in franchise history. Boston carried this momentum into the postseason, where they beat the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals.

Sadly for Bill Walton and the Celtics, his string of health didn't last long. He played just 10 games the following season and was out of the league by 1988.

Among the many people in and around the NBA to say glowing things about Walton was Bird. He said in a statement that he was grateful for having the chance to know Walton.

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