Ex-NBA guard tells kids about playing with Shaq, Dwyane Wade

matthew-walshNot every former NBA player got a chance to play on a winning team, with superstars like Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade from the Miami Heat. Matthew Walsh was one of them.

Walsh, a former guard in the NBA, who also played for several EuroLeague teams, visited the boys’ basketball teams at Newtown Friends School to carry out a clinic there, Newton Patch reported.

Walsh is also a parent at the school – his son is in the Pre-Kindergarten class.

During the practice clinic, Walsh led the boys in a series of passing, shooting, and defending drills, and then they played a scrimmage to end the session. He also answered some questions from the boys, who wanted to know if he had ever played with or against LeBron James and he said when he was in high school, he actually played against LeBron in a tournament.

One student asked, “What was it like to play in the NBA?” and Walsh shared that it was amazing to play alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat. Another student asked who Walsh’s all-time favorite basketball player was, and Walsh quickly replied, “Michael Jordan.”

He then explained that when he was in high school he was one of three high school players who were asked to be counselors at Michael Jordan’s Flight School basketball camp, and at the end of each day of camp, Walsh got the opportunity to play pick-up with Michael Jordan and top high school and college players, which was a thrill of a lifetime for him.

Walsh earned an athletic scholarship to play for the Division I University of Florida (Gators), in Gainesville (2001-2005). In 2005, he helped lead the Gators to the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship and the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.

Walsh went on to play part of a season with the Miami Heat, and then soon after he headed over to Europe to play in the Euro League. He ended up playing in Europe for nine years, on teams in Greece, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine, and finally Turkey.


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