Happy Birthday to Kenny Walker!

Kenny Walker
Kenny Walker - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

Kenneth “Kenny” “Sky” Walker was born August 18, 1964 in Roberta, Georgia. After being named Mr. Basketball in the state of in 1982, Walker chose to play collegiately at the University of Kentucky. Walker had a very successful college career, being named to an All- team four times and the team twice. Walker’s 1984 team made it to the Final Four of the Tournament before losing to the Hoyas. In 1986, Walker set a record by scoring 11 times on 11 field goal attempts in the playoffs. Walker was selected with the 5th pick of the 1986 Draft by the New York Knicks. Walker played for five coaches in five years with the Knicks. On February 11, 1989, Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, competing three days after the death of his father. He also secured 3rd place in the 1990 contest. However, his success on the court was dwindling, and knee injuries forced him to leave the NBA and join the ACB league in Spain. Walker returned to the NBA in 1993 to play two seasons with the Washington Bullets as a role player. He played a season (c.1998) in Japan before retiring from professional basketball. As a publicity stunt, Walker once raced against a horse, and won. On August 14, 1986, at New York’s Monticello Raceway, Walker and harness racehorse “Pugwash” ran against each other over one-sixteenth of a mile in 10.4 seconds. He is currently a radio host for WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky.