Walton leaves broadcasting for 'service'

Updated: November 2, 2009, 5:26 PM ET

Bill Walton, an ESPN NBA analyst since the network's coverage of the league began in the 2002-03 season, has decided not to return. He missed nearly all of last season while recovering from major back surgery.

"As I return after a grueling multiyear, life-threatening, life-changing ordeal with back problems, it is time to dedicate the rest of my life to service," Walton said in a statement Monday. "It is great to be back in the game. Thanks everybody -- for everything."

Walton, who ...

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