Lakers forward Luke Walton has made 68 more field goals in the last two years than former coach Phil Jackson had. What makes this statistic more depressing for the Walton family is that Phil Jackson hasn’t competitively shot a basketball in over 30 years.
For the time being, Walton has spent the last two years on the bench at the bottom of a forward-heavy rotation for the Lakers consisting of Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes, Ron Artest…the list goes on and on.
However, it appears that Walton’s bench time has gained him a spot on another bench, as it has been reported that Walton will work as an assistant under John Pastner at the University of Memphis, according to the Washington Post:
Pastner announced the hiring Monday in a move that must be approved by university and Tennessee State Board of Regents. But the coach says the Tigers can learn a lot from Walton who has been coached by Phil Jackson and played with Kobe Bryant.
Walton’s deal with Memphis is structured in a way that if the NBA lockout ends at any point during Memphis’ season, he is allowed to walk and return to the Lakers. Walton, 31, currently has two years and almost $12 millon remaining on a six-year deal that he signed in 2007.