personally I love listening to Walton. I've explained this in detail in the past. I love that everything is epic for him. I also love the Dead. Dude loves NBA history, big men, toughness, team play and all that old school shite. Plus he has a political mind and sees the world outside of the NBA, which is a rarity for a sports broadcaster. I also love that Blazers team he played on, not to mention the glory days of the Celts.
Just like with Alonzo, this is douchery by Shaq. I will still love watching him on the Suns, but it's douchery nonethe less. It just makes it easier to take because it's Shaq and he's a great character.