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You just never know what reference Bill Walton is going to pull out. During today's Nets-Cavaliers game on ESPN, Walton referenced the proliferation of international players in the NBA by saying, "Thomas Friedman was right. The world is flat." Now, who else is going to drop in the title of a best-selling book by a New York Times columnist?

On a more mundane level, when Walton said a missed free throw by the Nets'  Bostjan Nachbar was the first of his NBA career, he meant it was the first miss of a playoff free throw by Nachbar. Maybe he shot it flat. Like that Friedman book.

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