Bill Walton has been known to blow his voice out and obscure his diction.

Is it still relevant?

We’ll find out Saturday when the NBA’s all-star game is played in Los Angeles.

What Walton does well is provide a feed of calmness in describing what’s happening on the court. His expertise certainly proved right on the day’s session in advance of the Friday night game at Staples Center.

Here’s what Walton said of why it’s appropriate that Los Angeles is the setting to play the NBA’s biggest game of the year:

“Look at the rating that the NBA All-Star Game gets. It’s amazing. People want to come and watch the best players in the world play at the highest level. This is the place for them.

“It’s the Black Wall Street. There are a lot of African American players. And people want to watch them play the greatest basketball they’re capable of playing. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Paul Laustsen / NBAE Paul George (16) of the Indiana Pacers battles Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers for a loose ball during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Staples Center on Feb. 13, 2019. Paul George (16) of the Indiana Pacers battles Damian Lillard (0) of the Portland Trail Blazers for a loose ball during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Staples Center on Feb. 13, 2019. (Paul Laustsen / NBAE)

Walton said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has done an amazing job of managing an MVP candidate in LeBron James.

“Doc Rivers called LeBron to say they’re too far ahead and James wanted to come home,” Walton said. “It makes you wonder if James could play for a team other than the Cleveland Cavaliers because he’s been the ultimate team player with a city that he loved.

“He’s the best teammate, the best father figure of a player in the game. Doc has done such a great job getting Cleveland back to prominence and he’s done such a great job in bringing the Clippers to the brink of being competitive and successful. This is Doc Rivers’ kingdom.”

More than 1,000 journalists from around the world came to Los Angeles for media day. They were briefed on changes taking place as they reported and for the duration of the game. They also saw teams move out of the so-called "lockout-style" late-blooming shooting regulations by taking a stab at 3-point shooting.

“Teams have made a concerted effort to take some of these 3-point shots and explore these more aggressive shooters,” said Joey Walker, the NBA’s vice president of basketball information.

He added that most teams have done a good job of rotating players coming off the bench and varying lineups, but the league has to be careful not to get caught in controversy.

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