Meeting Samaki Walker

Samaki Walker had an appointment at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for an eye exam. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he won an NBA championship in 2002 while with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Samaki was very nice and friendly. He enjoyed his time at the office and after the exam, he picked out new eyewear and met with staff.

What is Samaki up to these days? He is currently running a coaching business and lives in the Valley.

Facts about  Samaki

  • Full name is Samaki Ijuma Walker.
  • Attended the University of Louisville.
  • Was the 9th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft.
  • 2002 NBA champion.
  • Played for six different NBA teams.

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Meeting John David Booty

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Former USC quarterback John David Booty came to the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. John had his eyes examined by Dr. Liu and then had the opportunity to pick out new eyewear.

It was nice having a former Trojan from the Pete Carroll era at the office. John was very friendly and told us stories from his time at USC.

John had two seasons as the starting quarterback at USC after the departure of Matt Leinart. He shined both years and led the Trojans to two Rose Bowl victories. Following his final season, John was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Facts about John

  • Full name is John David Booty.
  • Was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. 
  • 2008 offensive Rose Bowl MVP.
  • Is the brother of former NFL quarterback Josh Booty.

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Meeting Pooh Richardson

p-richardson1Former NBA point guard Pooh Richardson visited the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. Pooh had an appointment for an eye exam followed by him choosing new eyewear.

Pooh loved the variety of eyewear available at the office and didn’t have any trouble making a selection. Before leaving the office, he posed for photos and signed autographs for Dr. Liu and staff.

Pooh played his college ball at UCLA where he was a standout before heading to the NBA.

p-richardson p-richardson-sluFacts about Pooh 

  • Full name is Jerome Richardson.
  • Was given the nickname “Pooh” by his grandmother.
  • Attended UCLA from 1985 to 1989.
  • 3x All-Pac 10 first team.
  • Was the 10th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.
  • Played for the Timberwolves, Pacers, and Los Angeles Clippers.

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Prospect of the Day

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On August 18, 2015, Kaleb Bryant Cowart made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Once again, Kaleb has been a late season call up and may finally show why he was a first round pick.

Kaleb spent much of the 2012 season with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League.

I want to wish Kaleb the best of luck in The Show.
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UCLA Football Training Camp

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The UCLA Bruins held football training camp on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. The Bruins have had at least one week of camp in San Bernardino after Jim Mora took over the head coaching duties. I had never attended since the temperature always hits triple digits this time of year.

This year I did attend two practices and it was a good experience. The practices lasted at least a few hours long and were very entertaining.

After practice, the Bruins would make their way back to the locker room. Along the way they would take posed photos and sign autographs for all fans that asked. Below are a few of the Bruins that I met.

Defensive back turned wide receiver Ishmael Adams.
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Quarterback Josh Rosen who recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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