Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 4:46 pm  |  18 responses

Luke Walton Joins University of Memphis as an Assistant Coach

Plenty of NBA players are finding new things to do during the lockout, but here’s one we haven’t seen yet: Lakers forward Luke Walton will be joining the University of Memphis coaching staff as an assistant. Walton has an NBA out, which will be useful when (um, if?) the League returns this fall/winter. Via the Commercial Appeal: “Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton will join the University of Memphis coaching staff as a third assistant coach — for as long as the NBA lockout lasts — pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Walton, a former University of Arizona standout who played with the Wildcats from 1999-2003, has two years remaining on his contract with the Lakers. He will remain with Memphis until the NBA labor dispute is settled and the league resumes business as usual. Pastner coached Walton as an assistant under Lute Olson at Arizona. Walton’s hiring would make the Memphis coaching staff an all-Arizona outfit. Pastner and assistants Jack Murphy and Damon Stoudamire also graduated from Arizona.”

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal


  • Kobe

    He can stay

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Wow. Pastner was an assistant coach at Arizona when Walton played there?
    Pastner’s only two years older than Walton!

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    The best part of this story is finding out that Mighty Mouse is still alive.

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    I’m sure practice will be real funny when Will Barton busts that @$$.

  • hiphopcop

    How is it this dude always gets cushy jobs? He had a great one with the Lakers for like 5 years, now he’s going to do nothing again, at the end of some basketball bench and get paid for it— must be a required skill. Must be nice

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Throw it down Luke, throw it down!

  • T-Money

    luke walton will make money with basketball for as long as he lives (playing, coaching, front office, broadcasting, etc) and he will extend his playing career well beyond its expiration date. is he especially qualified for any of these jobs? maybe, maybe not. let’s just he has a lot of “intangibles” going for him.

  • Ganjah LUv

    wow, seems kinda suspect, hiring NBA player to coach? COming from pastner though, not too suprising.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    The sons of NBA legends have lots of intangibles, I’d reckon.

  • unrel

    there’s a reason why the lakers kept him.. he might not have seen much shine during the 48 minutes of a game.. but behind the scenes.. and during practice.. i’m sure he played a big role with understanding the offense and hoops IQ, in general..

  • DieselMechanic

    Luke’s a fantastic player and a great basketball mind.

  • T-Money

    “great basketball mind”, “high bball iq” are just tags that you earn by being engaging with media and well-spoken. larry brown often said that one of the greatest basketball minds he ever coached was sheed – he knew all the plays on both sides of the court from all 5 positions and would often lead drills in practice. it’s perception.


    Hopefully he can be good at that!

  • LP

    thats got to be an NCAA violation in some sort of way… a current NBA player on the bench of a college team????? am i the only one seeing this??

  • tomtom

    Nice that they got him in his natural position SF…sidelined forward. Jokes i like this dude, well done man.

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  • Erik Franke

    @LP I am sure that Pastner would know if it was a NCAA violation. He would’nt be that stupid to make such an obvious infraction. Pastner is really pulling out all the stops to bring a national title to Memphis. He got Frank the life changer to work with the team this summer, brings in Stoudamire and now Walton. I think it is great. These Tigers are really getting some great motivation. I know it is going to pay of big this year.