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"That's why I took the job, to see the difference between the two worlds," Walton said. "It's frustrating because in the NBA it's all about basketball. You get to college, and there are so many rules and restrictions."
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It didn't take Luke Walton long to start popping up in living rooms.
The Lakers forward has jumped into his temporary job as an assistant coach with the University of Memphis, making his first home visit recently to help the Tigers recruit Alex Poythress [...]
"I told him my story," Walton said, sharing with the recruit how he went from a solid college player at Arizona to an eight-year career with the Lakers.
But here's the lesson: Memphis doesn't need Walton, who admitted to Bresnahan he's been frustrated by all the "rules and restrictions" that come with college coaching, committing a violation, whether it's knowingly or, more likely, unknowingly. Walton has two years and $11.5 million remaining on his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He will leave Memphis the day the NBA lockout is over. His livelihood doesn't depend on learning every small, nitpicky rule the NCAA has when it comes to recruiting.
That makes it all the more important that Pastner keeps close tabs on each move Walton makes in his limited stint as an assistant at Memphis.