NEW YORK (WFAN) — NBA all-timer Bill Walton joined Boomer & Carton on Wednesday to look back on all aspects — from college to the pros — of his Hall of Fame career.

One thing’s for sure: Walton can’t wait to wake up on Thursday.

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“We’ve declared tomorrow a holiday because it’s a situation where (we have) the perfect harmonic convergence of St. Patrick’s Day and the start of the NCAA Tournament,” said the ever-cerebral great. “And we have this opportunity to celebrate the greatness, the goodness and the boldness of life.”

LISTEN: Bill Walton with Boomer & Carton

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Walton had an up-and-down relationship with the late John Wooden. He explained that it wasn’t until after leaving UCLA that he learned to appreciate the great coach.

“The day after I left UCLA,” Walton said. “The very first day.”

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Be sure to listen to Walton’s entire interview as he touches on back surgery, Larry Bird, UCLA and more.