As the NBA Finals get back underway tonight, Luke Walton is hoping his Lakers can reel off three more wins to claim this year’s title - and in doing so, allow li’l Luke to join dad Bill in some elite company.
Chris Tomasson of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS points out that in the 6o-year existence of the National Basketball Association, only two sets of fathers & sons have both captured championship rings - Matt Guokas Sr. & Jr. and Rick & Brent Barry.
And now Luke is looking to become part of the exclusive club, to embrace the satisfaction of earning such a special achievement - and to be able to shut his dad up:
When asked about the possibility of joining this rare club, Luke paused Wednesday and bent down to knock on the Staples Center court.”It would be awesome,” he said. “It would be a lot easier to have dinner with (his father). He already talks trash about how he’s got (two) NCAA championships (at UCLA) and I don’t have any (at Arizona).”
While Luke goes after his ring, Bill doesn’t think he’ll get it. The ESPN analyst picked the Celtics to win the series in seven games.
“I just think the Celtics are a better team,” Bill Walton said. “But I hope Luke knows my love for him is endless.”
Luke rolls his eyes when told of his dad’s pick.”He put himself in a win-win,” he said. “His son wins or his prediction is right. So he took the easy way out.”
Bill may be annoying, incomprehensible & hard to listen to, but he’s no dummy.
Still, it would be a great accomplishment for the Waltons to, um, accomplish. And then that would leave Luke with only one more step toward sports immortality:
Getting impersonated by Frank Caliendo (check at 6:25 in).