Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV fueled by being around All-Star Weekend
Lonnie Walker IV was in attendance for the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend, and it was a big moment for the San Antonio Spurs rookie.
While making an appearance to support Spurs teammate LaMarcus Aldridge and promote Adidas as part of a recently signed endorsement deal, Lonnie Walker IV admitted that the the surrounding and energy had quite the impact on him.
Speaking with local reporters, the San Antonio rookie opened up about the motivation the experience gave him.
“It means a lot,” Walker said, via Larry Ramirez of KSAT-TV. “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.”
Missing out on the Rising Stars game, the 20-year-old shooting guard isn’t having an elite rookie season. Selected 18th overall by the Spurs in the 2019 NBA Draft, Walker has only played in six games this season. In that time, he has only averaged 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.5 steals per game.
However, he has given San Antonio fans reason for hope. Playing 20 games with the team’s G-League affiliate, the rookie has displayed plenty of promise. Walker has been putting up 16.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game, while also shooting 39.3 percent from deep.
He may not be an All-Star yet, but Lonnie is confident he will be. Being around veteran players like LaMarcus Aldridge has an effect on the young player. Walker admits that a serious work effort is something he will have to “match to hopefully get to that stage.”