Basketball great Bill Walton gets book deal

NBA Hall-of-famer Bill Walton showcases the next best thing, at the Samsung Galaxy S III launch day on June 20, 2012 in New York. Jemal Countess/Getty

Basketball great Bill Walton is working on a memoir that is set to come out in the fall of 2013, Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday.

The 59-year-old's book, which is tentatively called "Back From the Dead," will cover everything from Walton's triumphs with UCLA to his overcoming a stutter and becoming a broadcaster to the collapsed spine that left him hardly able to move for three years. The book will be co-authored by veteran sportswriter John Papanek.

Financial terms were not disclosed. Walton was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients range from President Barack Obama to singer/actress Barbra Streisand.

Simon & Schuster and CBS are owned by the same parent company.

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