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Encyclopedia > Luke Walton
Luke Walton
Position Small Forward
Height ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 232 lb (105 kg)
Team Los Angeles Lakers
Jersey #4
Born March 28, 1980 (1980-03-28) (age 28)
San Diego, California
Nationality Flag of the United States United States
College Arizona
Draft 2nd round, 32nd overall, 2003
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2003–present

Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980 in San Diego, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His position is at small forward. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kg redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... San Diego redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... The 2003 NBA Draft logo. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... San Diego redirects here. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... NBA redirects here. ... The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. ...

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Biography

Early life

The son of former NBA great Bill Walton, Luke Walton was no stranger to the sport of basketball during his upbringing. His three brothers — Adam, Nathan (who unsuccessfully ran for governor during the 2003 California recall), and Chris — also play or have played basketball for their schools. He went to Shady Hill School(Cambridge Massachusetts) while his father Bill Walton was playing for the Boston Celtics William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a retired American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... The 2003 California recall was a special election permitted under California law. ...


College

After graduating from University of San Diego High School in 1998, Walton enrolled at the University of Arizona and majored in family studies. There, he played for the Wildcats under coach Lute Olson. In his junior year, Walton averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. As a fifth year senior, he averaged 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 0.9 steals. The USDHS Crest The University of San Diego High School (USDHS), also known as The University High School (UHS), and affectionately known as Uni, was a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school located in San Diego, California. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... The athletic teams at the University of Arizona are known as the Arizona Wildcats. ... Robert Luther Lute Olson (born September 22, 1934 in Mayville, North Dakota) is the current mens basketball head coach at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. ...


Walton graduated from Arizona at the end of 2003, and was selected by the Lakers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the third pick of the second round (32nd overall). Standing at 6 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 235 pounds, Walton has been with the Lakers for his entire NBA career. The 2003 NBA Draft logo. ...


NBA career

His passing skills brought him great success in the triangle offense under coach Phil Jackson. Some critics, however, believe Walton's tendency to pass rather than shoot occasionally hampers his team's offense. This habit was exemplified in one game at the end of the 2004–05 season in which the Lakers were down by a point with time running out and Walton was in position to score. Instead, he passed the ball to Kobe Bryant, who was unable to get a shot off. As the buzzer sounded, Bryant slammed the ball on the floor in frustration, though he later said he didn't blame Walton for the pass. In the 2007-08 season, January 27, 2008, Lakers were down three, 98-95 with 9 seconds to go. Turiaf received the inbound pass and gave the ball to Bryant. Bryant tried to get into position to make a 3-point attempt, but he was double-teamed. This left Walton wide open from behind the arch. Bryant passed Walton. Walton was in a position to shoot, but hesitated. A defender raced to him. Walton passed back to Bryant who was being heavily guarded. Bryant caught the ball, but the buzzer sounded before Bryant could get a shot off. In the 2007-2008 season, March 30, 2008, in the closing seconds of the third quarter, Walton again passed the ball moments before the buzzer, not allowing his team to get a shot attempt. The Triangle offense, also known as the Triple-Post offense, is an offensive strategy in basketball. ... This article is about the basketball coach. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


Walton suffered an injury in the 2004 preseason and was unable to find a place in Rudy Tomjanovich's rotation, but returned to a regular spot in the lineup after the coach's resignation midway through the season. Rudolph Tomjanovich, Jr. ...


As Walton shares a name with the Luke Skywalker character from Star Wars, whenever Walton scores, the beginning of the "Throne Room/End Credit" music from the Star Wars original soundtrack plays over the public address system.[citation needed] Walton, however, is not named after the Star Wars character; instead, he is named after his father Bill's close friend and former Portland Trail Blazers teammate Maurice Lucas. Luke Skywalker is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... This article is about the series. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a retired American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Maurice Lucas (born 18 February 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American basketball player, and current assistant coach with the National Basketball Associations Portland Trail Blazers. ...


In 06-07, Walton had a career year, with career high per game averages in minutes, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, steals, blocks, rebounds, assists and points. His PER also reached a career high, and Luke was widely regarded as the most improved player on the Lakers roster. Following the season, on July 12, 2007, Walton was signed to a 6-year, $30 million contract, based partly on the potential shown from the preceding season. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Player Efficiency Rating is John Hollingers all-in-one basketball rating, which boils down all of a players contributions into one number. ...


Subsequently, Walton has struggled greatly in the 07-08 regular season (despite a stellar pre-season). In addition to suffering several injuries, Walton's per game statistics have dipped from the previous season in every category, from minutes played, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage (career low), steals, blocks, rebounds, assists, and points. His PER is also at a career low. In addition, Walton has featured prominently in several embarrassing plays, including the Lakers' opening game of the 2007-08 regular season against the Houston Rockets. Walton inadvertently knocked a defensive rebound into his own basket.[1] The Rockets won 95-93. He has been an effective bench player during the Lakers '07/'08 playoff run until the NBA finals where he went an amazing 0 for 57. The 2007-08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


Player profile

Walton has been praised for being skilled in the fundamentals of basketball: positioning, timing, and teamwork. Many NBA experts and enthusiasts view Walton as a smart player of the game who has a high basketball IQ and one who understands the game of basketball deeply. In the past, he has shown precise passing skills, with the know-how to operate on plays like a point guard. He is also considered as an all-around player. Aside from guard-like passing skills, in the 06-07 regular season, he showed the ability to stretch his range past the three-point line, rebounded well, and works hard to disprove the critics who doubted his athleticism. In the current season, he appears to have taken a step back in these same skills, as well as in field goal percentage.


Personal life

On a personal note, Walton owns a restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California. [1] He has a tattoo on his arm (the dancing skeletons), commemorating his appreciation for The Grateful Dead.-1...


In 2006, Walton made a cameo appearance on the television soap opera, The Young and the Restless.[2] The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... The Young and the Restless (commonly abbreviated as Y&R) is a popular American television soap opera, first broadcast on CBS Daytime on March 26, 1973. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Courtside: Victory on training wheels: Rockets 95, Lakers 93
  2. ^ SignOnSanDiego.com > Sports - Walton to make acting debut on 'Young and Restless'

External links

  • NBA.com Profile - Luke Walton
  • Luke Walton Statistics at Basketball-Reference.com
  • NBA & College statistics @ BasketballReference.com
  • - Luke Walton talks about his love for paintball and surfing
Persondata
NAME Walton, Luke Theodore
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Professional basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH March 28, 1980
PLACE OF BIRTH San Diego, California
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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