Lonnie Walker got chills seeing San Antonio Spurs’ title banners
The aura of the San Antonio Spurs is not lost on Lonnie Walker. According to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, Walker was nearly overwhelmed when he entered San Antonio’s practice facility. Walker told Orsborn:
“Honestly, my arms kind of got chills,” Walker said. “I still get chills down my back, seeing the names. I came here late at night one time, seeing my locker room, seeing ‘Walker IV’ on the locker room, and seeing (locker nameplates for) Manu (Ginobili) and Tony (Parker). I was like, wow, these guys are amazing.”
Regardless of any internal drama, the Spurs are experiencing at the moment, the rookie is still awestruck with his new organization. The Spurs are still one of the most successful organizations in the NBA and they have the success to back it up.
The championships, the Hall of Fame players, and the all-time great coach in Gregg Popovich are sure to make any rookie stop in his tracks. At one point, Walker even referred to his new home as “Disneyland.” That’s pretty high praise for the Spurs considering Disneyland’s tagline is “The Happiest Place On Earth.”
With all the controversy surrounding the Spurs in recent months, a fresh-faced rookie must be a welcome addition to the team. San Antonio seems to be exceeding Walker’s expectations so far. Whether or not the Miami product returns the favor remains to be seen.
Walker will play on San Antonio’s Utah Summer League Team. The team’s first game will be on July 2 against the Utah Jazz.