Lonnie Walker Rumors

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Lonnie Walker
Lonnie Walker
Position: G
Born: 12/14/98
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.1 kg.
Salary: $2,764,200
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Storyline: DeMar DeRozan Injury
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.”
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.
Storyline: Lonnie Walker Injury
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. “
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.
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.”
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.”