While most players are searching for the best for an international team to latch onto, Luke Walton has decided to stay in the country. Walton will be an assistant for Josh Pastner at Memphis. Pastner is probably the most recognizable NCAA Jewish coach with Bruce Pearl leaving Tennessee. Pastner and Walton played together at Arizona for Lute Olsen back in ‘99-‘00.
This is a great move for both. For Walton it gives him something productive to do during the lockout. He can stay in shape by running with the team. Also, it begins to carve out his life after his playing days. For Pastner he gets a solid NBA role model for his players. Now recruits know they will have some NBA spotlight and eyes on them when they come to Memphis. It will also bring some fresh knowledge to Pastner’s young coaching career as Walton has learned from Phil Jackson.
Pastner thinking outside the box. Love it.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
- Jeremy Fine