Deron Williams is going to go play ball in Istanbul. Kevin Love is playing beach volleyball. Kevin Durant is going to make a movie. Luke Walton? The Luke Walton? He's going to be working as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers.
Of all the unglamorous jobs a player in the throes of the NBA lockout could take, college basketball assistant coach is pretty high up there, behind only Delonte West's Home Depot bid. But this kind of makes sense, in so much as Walton played for Josh Pastner (then a graduate assistant under Lute Olson) at the University of Arizona and that Pastner had only been carrying two assistants. One of those assistants, by the way, is former Blazer, Grizzly and Arizona Wildcat Damon Stoudamire.
Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that Walton does have an "NBA out" in his deal (whew!), meaning that when the lockout ends Luke will head back to his spot on the L.A. Lakers' bench.