Reading community reacts to Lonnie Walker's NBA debut


Lonnie Walker's long-storied journey from Reading High School state champ, Miami basketball player, and now San Antonio Spur took another step as he made his NBA debut Thursday night.

The Spurs defeated the Toronto Raptors 125-107 inside the AT&T Center. Walker played five minutes, scoring his first points by knocking down a deep three-pointer.

"His success means that any student can make it out of Reading if they try their best," Reading High School 10th-grader Gladys Pena said.

"Whatever the Spurs present in front of him, I know he's going to take full advantage of," Rick Perez, Reading High School head coach, said.

Reading High School basketball coach Rick Perez encouraged his players as they took on Exeter High School. He's placed Lonnie's success in front of the team to continue to motivate them.

"We apply it to ourselves. He's done it here. We always respected the journey, the path, how things were supposed to go," Perez said. "One thing Lonnie taught us was believe by faith not by sight."

One former teammate sees that the line separating Reading red from Spurs black and white, might not be as long as everyone thinks.

"He was in the same jersey we were, so it's definitely motivation to do better and aspire to be better than him," Wesley Butler, senior point guard for Reading High School, said.

For now, the team and Reading community continue their journey, while watching Walker continue his.

.@lonniewalker_4 gets his 1st NBA bucket from DEEP! 👌#GoSpursGo

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