Born just five months apart and seven hours from each other, San Antonio Spurs guard Lonnie Walker and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons have had a close relationship since their high school days.
Making varsity as a freshman, Walker improved every year while playing for Reading High School, bumping his scoring average from 8.0 to 16.9 and eventually to 18.4 as a senior. Meanwhile, a young Micah Parsons was playing varsity basketball for Harrisburg High School before later committing to Penn State playing football.
During a boys' Basketball Tournament in Hersey, PA in 2017, PennLive.com caught up with a 17-year-old Parsons to discuss what it was like to play against Walker. Even before Lonnie went on to bigger and better things, Micah knew he was a special player.
"I've never played a person of his skill level," began Parsons. "He can shoot, drive, dunk. He can do it all. I've got nothing but respect for his game. He's a phenomenal player."
Walker and Parsons Have Reunited Since Making it Big
Parsons was in attendance for the Spurs' visit to Dallas to face the Mavericks last October, and the two shared a special moment by exchanging jerseys following the game.
Walker scored 14 in the contest and has been playing well since returning from health and safety protocols.
Meanwhile, Parsons is coming off one of the best seasons by a rookie in NFL history and is in the running for both NFL Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
Micah and the Cowboys will be in action Sunday afternoon when they host the San Francisco 49ers at 4:30 pm ET and are looking to win a playoff game for the first time since 2018. While the Spurs will be playing Saturday and Monday, I imagine Walker will be paying close attention to his longtime friend's game on his rest day.