Just a few weeks ago, ESPN hoops analyst Bill Walton discussed his health woes with a Portland audience, and it doesn’t seem he’s feeling any better since. Earlier today, the network announced Walton, turning 57 this week, has retired from broadcasting.

“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.”

I cannot be alone in hoping, nay, praying, that while resting comfortably, Walton takes up podcasting.