"I never knew they had pretty girls here at USC," began Walton, one of UCLA's all-time greats, after being introduced to a packed auditorium of sports business students.
And for the next two hours he wouldn't shut up, entertaining, inspiring, opinionated, off the wall and dedicated to preserving the memory of John Wooden.
It was all part of a bus tour to promote the Pac-12 Networks, Walton trumpeting an upcoming game in his own way.
"What should be an absolute unbelievable game will be ruined by the style of the UCLA basketball team who loves to do nothing but call timeouts and run plays.
"Come on, basketball is like music," Walton exclaimed while catering his remarks to the business audience. "Your entrepreneurs out there in the world are not sitting there holding people back. They are chasing it, and you got that with John Wooden basketball, up and down, never calling a timeout, never calling a play."
When someone commended the work of Pac-12 Networks' Ted Robinson, Walton agreed, but added, "Sadly, he did the Stanford-UCLA game and that was one of the six worst basketball games ever played.
"You would think with all the incredible talent, all the incredible players, they would be able to do better than 66-60 and do nothing but call timeouts. Oh my gosh, let them run. This is basketball."
As for USC basketball, Walton said, "I was astounded it took Pat Haden so long to do what he did," the USC athletic director recently firing Coach Kevin O'Neill.
Walton suggested hiring Phil Jackson to replace O'Neill.
If not Jackson, Walton told the students, then USC should hire someone comparable to his top four, placing special emphasis on Robinson.
But he had a word or a couple of thousand on seemingly everything else.
On talking too much: "We got five minutes to speak at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony; at the 17-minute mark someone from the NBA said, 'Come on Walton, wrap this up; your speech is lasting longer than your career.' "
Lance Armstrong: "He fraudulently helped himself by lying, cheating, stealing and bullying; where are the consequences? They have to be more serious than going on with Oprah."
Cheaters in sports: "Put them in jail."
Wilt Chamberlain: "If anybody tells you anything bad about Wilt, hold your tongue and just know that person never knew Wilt."
On Wilt's claim of being with 20,000 women: "Never underestimate anything Wilt ever said."
John Wooden: "He wrote [a maxim] for me on the day I graduated. 'To Bill Walton: It's the things you learn after you know it all that counts."'