After 33 games, Lonnie Walker IV started a game for the San Antonio Spurs against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. In 25 minutes after replacing Bryn Forbes, he recorded 8 points, two boards, two steals and one assist in a loss to the Bucks 127-118. The Spurs had a good start leading a double-digit advantage until the NBA’s best can’t miss from the arc in the second quarter. The Bucks made a good run at the end of the third quarter to increased the lead to double figures.
“This morning we were going over who everyone is guarding, and my name somehow, magically popped up,” Walker said to reporters after the Spurs’ loss to the Bucks. “I tried to play it off, you know, but I had a little smirk.”
Walker show his potential and how many times he drived to the lane but Brook Lopez one of the best blockers this season swatted Walkers try. It maybe start to show what he can do for his team. With people praying that he should start Lonnie’s being patient for his time.
“It’s patience,” Walker said. “You can’t argue what Coach [Popovich] is thinking, you can’t. Just know it’s the best of your interest.”
“At first, I mean it was frustrating, that’s just the way the game is. I sat down and I listened and I started watching a ton of film and seeing what I can do better,” Walker said.
His teammates praising for his job defensively being active on the passing lane.
Said Patty Mills: “Defensively he’s active and helps with the pace of the team.”
With the Spur’s lack of athleticism for years, Popovich believes Walker is a good addition.
“[T]he fact that he’s getting some things done,” said Gregg Popovich. “He’s a heck of an athlete and he adds something else to the group that we don’t really have.”
Lonnie Walker promised he will get better from time to time he plays. With the more minutes he will play together with the starters, he will likely get it.
“You know, everything is starting to go the way that it’s supposed to go, so I’m only going to get better from here,” said Walker. “I’m only going to get more rhythm with the players and being on the court, being able to find my rhythm, find my way and how I play.”