3. Lonnie Walker gives the San Antonio Spurs some swagger back
It seems to be a yearly tradition, but this season has had several flagrant examples of the Spurs being ignored by the national media. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that follows the team. After all, San Antonio was labeled as boring early on in their dynastic run through the league.
Even though we’re all used to it, I have to admit it’s pretty fun seeing something Lonnie Walker does make waves all over NBA Twitter.
Quick personal anecdote: I was hosting a small bachelor party for a friend during the recent Spurs win over the Dallas Mavericks. While we had loud music blaring and I could only pay attention to the game in passing, I was fortunate enough to be sitting at the TV with my friend when this happened.
We don’t get that many “OH MY GOD” jump-out-your-seat moments from this season’s team, but this dunk rightfully drew that reaction from us all. I quickly had to pause the music and rewind it about five times to show the other guests.
Lonnie Walker is always capable of exploding at a moment’s notice, whether it be with his jumper or a vicious dunk on an entire franchise. When he makes these game-shifting plays, it can pump the team up as much as a 10-0 run.
While the Spurs rely on efficient team play and moving the ball, sometimes you just need that one guy that knows he can jump out of the gym and has the swagger to go along with it. With 20 games left, San Antonio suddenly is looking like a playoff team again with Walker back, and that’s not a coincidence after all.