Luke Walton and Matt Leinart are no longer professional athletes, but that hasn’t stopped them from competing in a different sports arena.
The two California natives recently played recreational league basketball together in Redondo Beach, Calif. Despite their best efforts, Walton and Leinart’s team was knocked out of the playoffs before the championship game, although Luke still looks like he could earn a spot at the end of an NBA team’s bench.
Walton was a star at the University of Arizona before being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. He made over $30 million in his pro career and was a member of the Lakers’ back-to-back championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The 33-year-old is no longer in the NBA after scoring 3.4 points in 17.1 minutes per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, but he hasn’t officially retired.
As for Leinart, the former Heisman Trophy winner became a draft bust after a legendary career as the quarterback at USC. He was selected 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2006 NFL draft, but played in only 29 games in four seasons with the team before ending his career with the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders.
Check out Walton and Leinart playing some rec league ball in the video below.
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