After a long and tedious rehab from a meniscus tear, San Antonio Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV is progressing toward his season debut.
The rehabilitation process has taken it’s toll on Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV, who continues to inch closer to his NBA debut. Walker suffered a right medial meniscus tear in a preseason game against the Detroit Pistons in early October.
Walker’s original timetable for return was labeled at six-to-eight weeks depending on how he responded to treatment. Now on the cusp of his return to the Spurs lineup, the rook has been assigned to the Austin Spurs to get his feet wet and prepare for regular season action.
Though there’s no definite return date, Walker mentioned on an Instagram live video that he’d be returning on Nov. 30 when the Spurs host the Houston Rockets. The team has yet to confirm this date for Walker’s return but if all goes well over the next few days, there’s a chance we can see Lonnie suit up by the end of the week.
This is fantastic news for the floundering Spurs, as Walker provides a boost of athleticism and versatility on the wing. His lengthy frame and smart decision-making make him a contender to instantly carve out a featured role in head coach Gregg Popovich’s rotation.
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The Spurs have historically forced young talent to work their way through the ranks before gaining a spot in the lineup but Pop may be in desperation mode.
Through 32 games at the University of Miami, Walker put up an average stat line of 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.8 minutes. He grew increasingly important to the Hurricanes rotation as they began to utilize the young gun in a primary role.
It’s no secret that Walker is considered a bit of a project, but he still has quality skills that will immediately translate to NBA competition.