Players are signing overseas contracts, going back to school, covering rap songs, and applying for jobs in the retail industry to occupy themselves — and create a secondary source of income — during the NBA lockout.
Now Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton is dipping his toe into the college basketball coaching waters, perhaps looking to build his resume for a post-NBA career.
Walton will join Memphis coach Josh Pastner’s staff as an assistant coach for the Tigers in Conference-USA. Pastner announced the hiring Monday but it still must be approved by the Tennessee State Board of Regents.
Earlier this summer, the son of Hall of Fame center Bill Walton coached high school players during a camp that whet his appetite for more sideline work. He would have liked to receive permission before taking the job, but NBA lockout rules prohibit contact between players and their teams.
“It’s going to be that opportunity to find out how much I’m into coaching and kind of get a lot of experience from this opportunity, to where I think most players don’t get to do anything like that until they actually retire.”
You can officially start the countdown clock to when the Tigers debut their new triangle offense.