With the Spurs suffered another defeat against the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-101 we found a little joy with this loss. The guy who people want to see in the court hustling every possession. A second-year guard from Reading, Philadelphia with a good hair, Lonnie Walker IV. Having a breakout game of his career played 13 minutes with 11 points. Walker gives the Spurs the energy, morale that they needed now. He scored nine points in the third quarter to cut the deficit into three.
This kid isn’t afraid of taking the ball into transition using his speed and physicality. With the one on three, he still found a way to score. That’s a brilliant mind from a 20-year-old kid.
There’s no doubt here that Walker had this talent to be an elite player in the league. Mistakes are common to a young player who rarely played. He can learn from these mistakes every time he steps on the court. It’s the best way to make him a good guy.
The only question here is, will Gregg Popovich trust him more? On these Spurs losses, Pop is being inconsistent into his rotation. Which he tasked Demarre Carroll recently but with this game against the Wolves he played zero minutes. The Spurs coach described Walker play fantastic.
It’s a compliment from a champion coach for a kid who he blasted on All Saints Day against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lonnie’s touch from three is looking good and the way he attacks the paint using his athleticism. He gives Andrew Wiggins, all effort to work offensively.
Hopefully Pop will unleash this kid, history shows that yearly Spurs had always a breakout star in the making. From Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray, and Derrick White.