Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV opens up about playing in the G League amid injury-riddled rookie year
San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV has opened up about his G League stint — clearing up some bad impressions about it along the way.
As part of the rehab process of the meniscus he tore in October 2018, Walker has played a limited number of minutes with the Spurs and more in with its G League affiliate, the Austin Spurs. Per Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News, Walker expressed optimism with regard to his G League stint.
“When you think of going up to the G-League, some people see it as a bad thing,” Walker said. “But it’s really a good thing, trying to improve your skills and continue to get better.”
The 20-year-old was the 18th overall pick by the Spurs in the 2018 NBA Draft. His debut was a much-awaited one. After all, he was college standout in Miami. However, Walker admitted that things didn’t go well as he expected. Heading to the G League is seen as a demotion by some players.
But the young guard has shown great maturity by realizing that it was a step he had to take. Apart from rehabbing his meniscus, his stint in the G League also gave him ample time to work on his fundamentals and expand his game.