Lonnie Walker RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.1 kg.
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.1 kg.
Lonnie Walker IV is “very excited” about the 2019-20 NBA season when he’s projected to be a part of San Antonio’s regular rotation. “It’s all about gaining Coach Pop’s trust and gaining those minutes,” he said. “My position is not solidified. I still have a lot to work on. I still have a lot to prove.”
“Everything is not always going to go your way,” Walker said. “It’s not always going to be flowers and dessert. Going between the G League and getting called up, I wasn’t too stressed about what was going to happen next. I stayed the course. I believed in the people around me. I believed in my agents. I believed in my father and my coaches.”
He understands the obstacles they’re facing every day in one of the nation’s poorest cities because he grew up on the same streets and saw the same things. “I’ve been through a lot,” Walker said. “I’ve dealt with a lot. My story is no different than anyone else’s. I’ve been through it all. I had my self-doubts growing up thinking I couldn’t make it out of this city. I’ve had many friends, some of whom passed away, some who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and some who didn’t have true guidance.
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs have assigned Lonnie Walker IV to the G League. He will be available for the Austin Spurs tonight as they conclude their season visiting the Oklahoma City Blue at 7 o’clock at the Cox Convention Center.
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs have recalled Lonnie Walker & Chimezie Metu from the G League. In a 121-117 win over the Texas Legends last night, Walker led Austin with 23 points. Drew Eubanks added 22 points on 9 of 13 to go with 12 rebounds and six blocks.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned forward Chimezie Metu and guard Lonnie Walker IV to the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. In 20 total games with Austin, Metu holds averages of 14.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.55 blocks in 28.3 minutes. He contributed a double-double in his last appearance with Austin, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Being among some of the best the NBA has to offer, motivates the athletic guard. “It means a lot,” Lonnie Walker IV said. “It brings fuel to your fire, because you want to get to his stage. You want to get to his moment and be able to actually embrace it like an All-Star. So, to be here and see everything, see some of the players, I’m excited to embrace the environment and see what it’s like.”
Just because Aldridge is the lone Spur out in Charlotte for the NBA’s annual weekend-long event, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have support from his teammates. Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV made the trip to Charlotte to give Aldridge all his support. “We’re out here All-Star Weekend. Out here to support L.A. It’s a big, huge deal for him.”
Jeff Garcia: Updated Spurs IR v Grizzlies: Lonnie Walker now questionable (sprained right ankle) and Rudy Gay probable (sprained left ankle). Derrick White remains out (right heel soreness). #nba #GrindCity #GoSpursGo
RJ Marquez: Rudy Gay upgraded to PROBABLE for Tuesday’s Spurs game at Memphis. Derrick White and Lonnie Walker remain OUT, per team. Spurs have lost four straight, this will be final game before all-star break. #NBA #GoSpursGo
RJ Marquez: Spurs updated injury report for todays 4 pm game at #Jazz…Rudy Gay is now DOUBTFUL with a sprained ankle, Lonnie Walker IV is now OUT with a sprained ankle as well. Derrick White remains OUT. #NBA #GoSpursGo #KSATnews #KSATsports
Lonnie Walker was close to home when the San Antonio Spurs arrived in Philadelphia on Tuesday. But this was a business trip for the Reading native, so his friends, family, and fans would have to wait. “Sadly I wasn’t able to go home,” he said Wednesday before the Spurs’ 122-120 loss to the 76ers. “I have to handle my stuff here, I’m still not solidified. I have to make sure I handle this trip professionally. I’m just here to be a great teammate. If I’m able to play, then I’m able to play. They’ll see me in the offseason.”
“I just take it day by day,” Walker said. “I’m going to be good regardless of the situation. I know what the Spurs’ system is, and once you buy into it you can’t be frustrated and you have to know what their vision is and what they see you.”
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that the plan for Lonnie Walker is the same as for any other young player. “Develop him and give him time to understand the game, see what his strengths are, promote those, and work on whatever weaknesses he might have,” Popovich said before noting the other Spurs players who went through the same process.
Tom Orsborn: Lonnie on his G League experience: “You got to understand the Spurs system what is best for you, and continue to get better on and off the court. Because at the end of the day, as good as a player that you want to be on the court, it’s all about professionalism off the court.”
Tom Orsborn: As expected, DeMar DeRozan is listed as probable for Sunday vs. the Clippers after missing Friday’s win at Minnesota with a sore left ankle. DeRozan said afterward that “without a doubt” he would return Sunday. Walker, Eubanks, Moore and Metu are all out on G League assignments.
Paul Garcia: No rest game for DeRozan and Aldridge Saturday, they’ll play at OKC. Rudy Gay (sprained left wrist) is still OUT along with Walker IV and Metu (G-League)
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned forward Lonnie Walker IV to the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. Walker IV made his NBA debut last night vs. Toronto, finishing with 3 points and a rebound in 5 minutes. The 20-year-old became the second-youngest Spur to appear in a game in San Antonio franchise history, behind only Tony Parker.
Tom Orsborn: Asked before Wednesday’s game about returning to the G League, Walker said, “It’s a possibility. It’s my rookie year. It’s a marathon, not a sprint… At the end of the day, it’s about what’s best for me and how I’m going to become a better player on the court.”
Michael C. Wright: Lonnie Walker IV will be available tonight per Pop, but he hasn’t decided whether to use him. Also, Pau Gasol took part in shootaround and Pop says he’s getting healthier. Still no firm timetable for return.
Walker is so impressed with Blair’s personality that he’ll seek out the vet to ask questions related to the organization. Walker plans to continue picking Blair’s brain until told to stop. “It’s only a matter of time before he says, ‘You know what, Lonnie? You’re a little annoying now,’” Walker joked. “I love to ask him questions and having a guy like that with the Austin Spurs is definitely a boost, for me at least.”
Prior to being recalled, Lonnie Walker IV played with Austin at the 2018 NBA G League Winter Showcase and reflected on just how important it was for him to play in the G League. “The G League has helped me a lot,” said Walker. “This is not something to look down upon. This is nothing but open opportunity.”
Paul Garcia: “Right now we think it’s best for him to play,” says Coach Pop of Lonnie Walker IV in Austin with the G-League. Pop said if Walker came up now, he wouldn’t play much, so there’s no timeline when to bring him to SA.
Injured rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV is confident he will be back with the Spurs “very soon” following a rehab stint in the G League. Speaking to reporters after practice Tuesday with the Austin Spurs at the Spurs practice facility, Walker said his injured knee feels “great.” The workouts with the developmental squad mark a significant benchmark in his recovery from the right medial meniscus tear he suffered in the preseason.
“It feels like I am back to Lonnie Walker,” he said. “Just continue to find my rhythm and everything. But day by day, it is nothing but improvement. Every day, I can see significant difference on my leg and just how I play overall.”
Walker credited his teammates, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, general manager R.C. Buford and Spurs great Tim Duncan with “continuing to encourage me.” He also said he has tried to be patient with the recovery process. “You got to crawl before you can walk and walk before you can run,” he said. “So, it’s all about stages and taking steps little by little until it’s my opportunity. And when it comes, hopefully, I can play the best I can play. “
The comeback of Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV takes another step forward Sunday, with the team announcing he would be practicing with its G-League affiliate. Walker will work out with the Austin Spurs through Wednesday at the NBA club’s practice facility in San Antonio. The Spurs are on the road until then, finishing a four-game trek in Chicago and Minnesota.
Paul Garcia: For Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies, Davis Bertans (concussion protocol) has been upgraded to QUESTIONABLE. Gasol, Murray, and Walker IV all remain OUT due to injury. Metu, Eubanks, and Moore are OUT due to G-League assignments.
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs injury report: Rudy Gay (rest), Pau Gasol (left foot soreness), Drew Eubanks (G League assignment) and Lonnie Walker IV (right medial meniscus tear) are all out for Wednesday night vs. Suns.
Jabari Young: Told #Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker had successful surgery to repair his right meniscus tear…timeline still remains 6-8 weeks. @TheAthleticNBA
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Source: Early timeframe for Spurs first-round pick Lonnie Walker, who’ll undergo surgery Monday for a meniscus tear: Six to eight weeks.
Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio that revealed a right medial meniscus tear. The injury occurred at the 6:55 mark of the fourth quarter of last night’s Spurs-Pistons preseason game.
Jeff McDonald: Spurs say Lonnie Walker IV has torn the meniscus in his right knee and will have to undergo Monday to repair. He tore meniscus in the same knee last fall before his freshman season at Miami. Story to come.
Paul Garcia: “He was out,” said Pop of Lonnie Walker IV still being sore and why he didn’t play tonight.
Dejounte Murray’s willingness to be the Spurs’ leader was on full display Saturday when gave rookie Lonnie Walker IV a pep talk. “He had his head down a little bit,” Murray said after practice. “I told him it’s going to be a slow process. There are going to be moments where you feel like you want to quit. But if you love this game and you are willing to learn, you are willing to work…He’s got a bright future. If he continues to learn and put the work first, he’s going to be special.”
Lonnie Walker IV could have landed in any number of cities during the NBA draft in June. Good fortune guided him to San Antonio. … He may have found a kindred spirit in the liberal-minded, worldly, 69-year-old Gregg Popovich. Not the surly, standoffish “Pop” you see in those uncomfortable halftime or postgame interviews. That’s just a public facade. The real “Pop” is a players’ coach whom Walker looks forward to growing with. “I’m so happy that as a rookie I’m working with one of the greatest coaches to ever coach this game,” said the former Reading High star. “I’ve become real friends with him. It’s amazing; he talks about the (NBA) dream and about life in general.”
Walker always has been as much about building relationships and learning about the world as he has been about basketball; in Popovich he has found a guiding light. Popovich never has been afraid to speak his mind about social injustices or political wrongdoings, and Walker possesses the kind of intellect that likely will take him in that same direction. “He allows me to be a great person,” Walker said. “He’s going to let me grow and evolve as a man. He’s like another father in my life.”
The Utah Jazz guard was the surprise star among NBA rookies last season but who has the potential to be the next Donovan Mitchell in the 2018-19 rookie class? According to Mitchell, Walker may be in the same mold. “I love Lonnie Walker. He has that factor that is kind of like… he’s quiet but he’s a killer. It’s like a Kobe (Bryant) kind of mentality. I’m not saying he’s going to be Kobe, don’t get me wrong, but that mentality. And he’s taller than me too!”
Who has the potential to be the next Donovan Mitchell in the 2018-19 rookie class? According to Mitchell, Walker may be in the same mold. “I love Lonnie Walker. He has that factor that is kind of like… he’s quiet but he’s a killer. It’s like a Kobe (Bryant) kind of mentality. I’m not saying he’s going to be Kobe, don’t get me wrong, but that mentality. And he’s taller than me too!”
Lonnie Walker IV’s first assist as a pro will lead to hundreds of young basketball players from his hometown wearing new sneakers. Walker, who signed an endorsement deal with shoemaker Adidas before being drafted last month by the San Antonio Spurs, has teamed with another former Red Knight, Eric Wise, to deliver 300 pairs of shoes to Reading’s Blacktop Basketball League.
Tom Orsborn: X-rays on Lonnie Walker’s sprained right ankle were negative. He is said to be “walking fine” and out only for precautionary reasons. #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Per a source, Spurs first-round draft pick Lonnie Walker IV sprained an ankle and is out for the rest of summer league. Nothing major here. Just no need to push it at this juncture.
Jordan Schultz: Some strong words from an NBA basketball ops person on #Spurs rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV: “He’s been the best player in Vegas. He can score, he’s a great athlete. Plus, he’s strong and he’s aware. He knows what’s going on out there. I think he’s going to be a star.”
Jeff McDonald: Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV had a quick conversation with Gregg Popovich yesterday. Pop offered dinner recommendations. Walker: “He said ‘One thing I got you with is food. Where ever we go, trust me, I got you.’ I’m a little bit happy with that.”
The Spurs lost their Utah Summer League opener to the Jazz, and Walker didn’t play as well as he would’ve liked — finishing with seven points on 3-of-16 shooting, three rebounds and two assists. But the 18th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft was still happy. “You can’t expect you to be the next Michael Jordan your first game,” Walker said.
It was easy for White to see what Walker was experiencing. He was in Walker’s position one year ago. “You don’t really know what to expect,” White said. “It’s just a different level. It might not seem like a different level, but it is. Going out there you might press a little bit or do something you’re not used to. And it’s a brand-new system, a brand new team. So, it just takes a little bit to get used to.”
Tom Orsborn: Lonnie Walker IV on if he’s been following the Kawhi Leonard saga: “Not at all. I am going to stay in my lane, focus on the #Spurs and worry about the jersey across my chest.”
25 Jun 18
Walker had another theory though that is way less fun than everybody being giants and probably more head-scratching than Kyrie Irving’s insistance on trying to start a discussion about whether or not the Earth is flat. (It’s not. There’s no discussion there.) “One of my favorite ones is actually the whole (Adolf) Hitler thing, with him supposedly dying, him and his wife,” Walker said. “Just that whole allegations. I just feel as a great powerful leader, there’s no that way you were by yourself in a house where you died, or whatever it shall be. It just doesn’t add up.” Walker went on to say that because of the amount of admiration Hitler had, and for some sick reason, still has among the worst people in society, that would be enough reason to not commit suicide. He also added that people still read Hitler’s “poets.”
Tom Orsborn: Lonnie Walker IV will join the #Spurs with a chip on his shoulder after once being touted as a lottery pick: ““It’s time to prove everyone wrong, and I know I am in the right place at the right time to become something special. “
RJ Marquez: Lonnie Walker on what he can contribute to #Spurs: “If Coach Popovich needs me to dive on the floor strictly, then I’ll strictly dive on the floor. I’m going to do whatever it takes for us to get that win sooner than later, hopefully receive that championship.” #KSATsports
21 Jun 18
How important is basketball in your life? Lonnie Walker: It’s beyond important. You know, we just talk about life and how it has helped me. When times were going rough, it helped me out. When times were going even better, it still helped me out, and I was always surrounded by the game. So I’m a bit obsessed, honestly.
Is there a preferred NBA landing spot for you? Lonnie Walker: Anywhere. I’m coachable in any aspect, any way. And whatever my team needs, in my opinion, I feel like I can do, whether it’s on D or bringing the ball up, rebounding. Whatever it shall be, I feel like I can play a significant role with the team. So you know, I don’t mind getting picked by anyone.
Is there an NBA player that you’ve reached out to for guidance? Lonnie Walker: De’Aaron Fox. He’s just giving me an ideal visual of how hard it is — the mental game, how much that involves, his perspective. So having De’Aaron around has definitely helped me out since I’m going through what he just went through last year.
Mike Vorkunov: Lonnie Walker IV had a pre-workout dinner w/ the Knicks. Asked him if it was awkward sitting w/ Mills & Perry. “There’s no such awkwardness around me. I love to talk…We talked pretty much about everything that I liked & everything that I like will take more than an hour or two”
Sole Collector: Adidas Basketball as announced its newest signings ahead of the 2018 NBA Draft: trib.al/g37aj75 pic.twitter.com/PboTuuTYum
Nick DePaula: Potential top 10 NBA Draft pick Lonnie Walker IV has agreed to a multi-year footwear & apparel endorsement deal with Adidas. ESPN’s @DraftExpress says the 6’5” high flyer “has as high of an upside as any guard in the 2018 Draft.”
Earlier this month it was clear that Miami’s Lonnie Walker had support among decision-makers in the Knicks’ front office. That remains the case today, a few days from the draft, per sources. The Knicks worked Walker out individually earlier this week.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources with @Jonathan Givony: Beyond obvious high lottery picks, here are several green room invites for NBA Draft on Thursday: Robert Williams, Lonnie Walker, Donte DiVincenzo, Zhaire Smith, Jerome Robinson and Aaron Holiday.
Jonathan Wasserman: Heard Lonnie Walker had 3-hour dinner with Knicks brass Tuesday night before his solo workout yesterday. Remains in the mix at 9 even if Mikal is there.
Spencer Percy: Add Miles Bridges to the list of notable (lottery possible) names that workout for the #Hornets: Lonnie Walker, Mikal Bridges, Robert Williams, Kevin Knox pro-day (Kupchak in attendance)