Q: Why hasn't Doc played Bill Walker
more? It seems like he has a lot of ability and he could help on the
bench. Do you see him around long-term? — David (Stoneham, Mass.)
Doc has stressed that he'll play Walker more in the coming months if
for no other reason than to get Allen and Pierce a breather.
True to his word, Walker played the final minutes of the first quarter
the other night. Expect to see more of that on occasion. As for
Walker's long-term value, he's really going to have to distinguish
himself in practice to earn an opportunity.
A lot of people are calling for more time for Bill Walker. Although he's got to do more when he's in there. When Mardy Collins stole one and went in for a dunk, Walker could have at least tried to make a play. Instead he slowed up and let Collins just get his two.
Doc called a time out, and Bill never made it back in. I don't know if that was exactly why… or if Doc wanted to go with his regular rotation for the second half. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a combination of the two.