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Kenny Walker
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Born August 18, 1964 (1964-08-18) (age 45)
Roberta, Georgia
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
College Kentucky
Draft 5th overall, 1986
New York Knicks
Pro career 1986–1995
Former teams New York Knicks (1986-1991)
Washington Bullets (1993-1995)
Awards 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion

Kenneth "Kenny" "Sky" Walker (born August 18, 1964 in Roberta, Georgia) is a former professional basketball player, primarily for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Walker played college basketball at the University of Kentucky. He is currently a radio host for WVLK in Lexington, Kentucky.


College career

A jersey honoring Walker hangs in Rupp Arena

After being named Mr. Basketball in the 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 playoffs.[1]

Professional career

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. On February 11, 1989, Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, competing three days after the death of his father [2]. 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.

Life after the NBA

  • 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. The New York Times wrote, "It is a well-established fact that a fast human can outrace a slow horse, at least if the human is unfettered and the horse is forced to pull a sulky and driver, and the distance isn't much more than a 100-yard dash."[3]


  1. ^ Associated Press (2009-03-20). "NCAA Tournament Capsules". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  
  2. ^ "Walker skies to win slam-dunk," Syracuse Herald-American, Feb. 12, 1989, pE-11
  3. ^ "SPORTS PEOPLE; Slow Night at Track". The New York Times. 1986-08-16. Retrieved 2009-01-08.  

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Preceded by
Charles Barkley
SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
1985, 1986
Succeeded by
AP, Coaches, UPI (shared): Derrick McKey
UPI (shared): Tony White


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