This is the next piece in our series of Player Report Cards, in which we evaluate and assign a grade to the performance of each member of the 2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers. Next in line is Luke Walton, a.k.a Luuuuke.
Hi Luke! C'mon in, have a seat. How is your dad? That's good to hear. It's wonderful he got that gig up in Sacramento. We'll try to get you some minutes when we play the Kings. Especially since we'll blow them out at least once, right? HAHAhaha hoo ... ok ... Well, let's take a look here at these statistics, shall we?
Hmm ... Alright, 29 Games, 9.4 Minutes a Game, 2.4 points, 1.4 assists, 1.3 rebounds on 35.7% shooting.
You had a tough season, that sore back really kept you out of commission for a while there, eh?
Listen, you've been a trooper throughout, You haven't been a locker room nuisance, and Phil seems to like you. We all love your offensive know-how. You have a knack for showing others by example how to move the ball and cut without it. Your defense has even been passable.
Now, a lot of fans have been complaining about how much we paid you, but I don't think you really got a fair shot to show what you could do as a key component of the bench. I'd even venture to say we missed you in our second unit. I'll be honest, we did sign you to a hefty contract, but I think it'd go a long way for you to make up for some of that with a solid showing next season.
I'm going to give you another chance, Luke. You missed a lot of class because of your injuries, and you couldn't even take the Midterm or Finals because of it. But I noticed that you showed up for class when you could, and you always paid attention and took careful notes.
I'm going to let you take this class again. Just see if you can share some of your notes with Ron, who's also taking it again, but for different reasons. And work on that shot, especially the corner three. We all know you can pass, but we need you to be a reliable open shot maker, so that you can be a threat to score. We want you to be a consistent contributor to our bench for our three-peat, and I'm sure the fans would love to be able to chant "LUUUUUKE" again!