For the children

Bill Walton discusses why the Stan Van Gundy decision was the right one for him to make.

Updated: December 20, 2005, 3:06 PM ET
By Bill Walton | ESPN Insider
It's the saddest of tales, really and the toughest part of our jobs. When Stan Van Gundy said "ENOUGH" earlier this week and stood down so that he could spend any time at all with his family, he answered the hardest question that each of us face every day.

It was even tougher that nobody seemed to believe that any of it was true.

But when you make the decision to commit to this life you really have no idea whatsoever the scope of what you're getting into. And every time you walk out that door to leave for who knows how long and have to say goodbye to the children left behind, you also have no clue how much pain and heartache is involved as the youngsters develop reflex mechanisms of their own to block out the struggles they face of a life without their Dad.

ESPN.com NBA Insider and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton will again serve as a game analyst for ESPN's NBA telecasts. He joined ESPN and ABC Sports' in their inaugural season of NBA coverage in 2002.