NBA fans know Bill Walton for his hall of fame career, and his quirky commentary as an analyst for games on TV. But what we may not of known is Walton came to a point where he had such bad back pain in 2009 he literally thought would he be better off dead. He thought that was better than having to be stuck with the pain the rest of his life. Read more after the jump.

According to Walton himself,

“When you are in unrelenting, excruciating and debilitating pain that never goes away for years on end, your life is over. You go through the stages of thinking you are going to die to wanting to die to the worst possible stage of all which is: I’m going to live and this is what I’m stuck with. But I got better and it is amazing what they have been able to do for me. I can think. I can sleep. I can move. I can ride my bike. I can dream.”

Thankfully he feels much better now.