Former 'Cane thinks he embarrassed himself in front of Tim Duncan

Lonnie Walker IV says he'd likely 'play it cool' first time meeting Duncan


SAN ANTONIO – Former Miami Hurricanes basketball star, Lonnie Walker IV, tweeted Friday that he thinks he embarrassed himself in front of San Antonio Spurs legend, Tim Duncan.

While Walker, who was the Spurs first round pick in last week's NBA Draft, didn't detail how he embarrassed himself, hours before that tweet, he told KSAT how he would react when meeting the five-time world champion for the first time.

"Oh I might do a couple back flips. Just might," Walker joked. "Honestly I don't know. I probably might play it cool like, 'What's up Tim Duncan? How's it going?' But then when I walk away, I'll be like 'I'm with Tim Duncan!' I'll call my dad right after. It's going to be exciting."

Of course, Spurs fans didn't waste time dreaming up various scenarios.

One fan asked whether Walker called Duncan "Timmy" in a South Park voice and another said they wished they could embarrass themselves in front of Duncan.

"I just imagine like making a joke but then Duncan just giving a blank stare for an uncomfortable period of time," one Spurs fan replied.

The 19-year-old first round draft pick said it's surreal being able to play alongside players he grew up watching, such as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

"I'm still a kid at heart honestly," Walker said. "We and my homeboy -- he's here with me -- we came here late at night the first day we got here and we went inside the locker room like, 'Tony Parker sits right there.' I hope Tony's not mad at me, but I sat in his chair. I sat on Manu Ginobili's chair and I felt like I was Manu Ginobili, but it's surreal to me.

"There are moments that I didn't think were going to turn into reality. It was just a dream that I was trying to reach for and the fact that it's actually here -- I see my name right here, LaMarcus Aldridge right across, Manu to the left of me and Tony Parker to the right. I already know what the locker room looks like and that is insane to say something like that."

The former University of Miami player noted that he's happy to be a member of a family-oriented team like the Spurs.