Bill Walton, the cyclist
So I'm driving in the neighborhood the other day and I turn the corner and notice about a block away this ENORMOUS human being straddling a bicycle with both feet on the ground, waiting for a traffic light to change. A couple hundred yards away, I notice that this cyclist, standing over his bike, is looking over the rooftop of the 6 and a half foot SUV idling next to him at the light! I pull up behind the SUV and can't believe what my eyes are revealing: a bike that had to have at least a 70-cm frame (for reference, I'm 6'1" and ride a 56-cm frame bike), the guy was wearing a helmet the size of a cooking wok, feet and shoes that appeared to stretch from the front tire to the rear, and legs...my gosh...legs that seemed longer than the height of an average woman. He was easily the largest and tallest homosapien I have ever seen on a bike, and in addition to my thoughts of disbelief, I said to myself, "Good for him."
Then, just before the light turned green, this cyclist the size of two Lance Armstrongs turned around and looked at me. When I saw this man's very distinguishable face, it all came together. That was former NBA all-star and present basketball broadcaster, Bill Walton -- all 7 foot 2 inches of him on a bike! I knew he lived in the 'hood, but had only seen him walking past Jamba Juice in a tie-dye t-shirt once before.
Once the traffic light turned green, off Bill went, just like anyone else on a bike. But when I passed him in my SUV, I noticed the top of his bike was as high as my window. Yikes! With some luck, I'll see him on the road again--only next time, hopefully, I'll be on my bike--I'd love to feel what the draft is like riding behind a former NBA Center.