2022-11-25 13:11:15

What's fueling Lonnie Walker IV's surge with the Los Angeles Lakers

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By Dave Mc Menamin

EVERY MORNING, BEFORE Lonnie Walker IV reports to one of the biggest pressure cookers in all of pro sports -- a Los Angeles Lakers team determined to atone for last season's disaster and salvage the twilight of LeBron James' career -- he meditates with a mantra.

Dominate the day.

There's a sanctuary-like appeal to the 23-year-old's home nestled in an elevated neighborhood in Beverly Hills. It is surrounded by lush, green gardens with a breathtaking view from his backyard pool that spans out to practically all of L.A.

But he begins his days by looking inward.

He rises out of bed and finds refuge in a corner of his second-floor bedroom, where he dedicates 20 minutes resetting his operating system. Breathing in through his nose for four seconds and out of his mouth for four seconds.

In and out.

Dominate the day.

In and out.

Dominate the day.

The message, Walker says, imbues confidence and urgency. It's just a time to unplug and really talk to your subconscious mind, the reserved shooting guard says. Just trying to get my body and my mind reconnected.

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