There are people you admire as you grow up and you never dream that some day you will meet and sit down with them and discuss their amazing career that you watched on a 25 inch TV..
About a year ago a friend, Wendy Hanger introduced me to Kenny "Sky" Walker. Tonight he stopped by again to join us for dinner and a few beverages at Karems with our mutual friend Wendy. Along the way the camera came out and we shot a few photos followed by a few more and then a few more. Kenny never seemed to mind, especially some of the group shots where he encouraged me to take my time. Kenny does stop by Norton Commons from time to time as he lives in Lexington and is currently a radio host for WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky. Now if can only convince Kenny to move to Norton Commons. He really seems to love it here just as much as the residents who met him tonight loved him!!!
He told many stories but one of the funniest was the time he raced a horse. Check it out yourself...Here's the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7bs2cAF04
A little background...Kenneth "Kenny" "Sky" Walker is an American former professional basketball player, primarily for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Walker played college basketball at the University of Kentucky. Kenny Walker's jersey was retired by the University of Kentucky. This banner hangs in Rupp Arena.
Walker was born in Roberta, Georgia. After being named Mr. Basketball in his home state of Georgia in 1982, Walker chose to play collegiately at the University of Kentucky. Walker had a very successful college career, being named to an All-SEC team four times and the All-American team twice. Walker's 1984 Kentucky team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before losing to the Georgetown Hoyas. In 1986, Walker set a record by scoring 11 times on 11 field goal attempts in the NCAA tournament.
Walker was selected with the 5th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Walker played for five coaches in five years with the Knicks. One of those 5 was a guy named Rick Pittino. On February 11, 1989, Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, competing three days after the death of his father.