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.


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.


Meeting Keith Closs

Keith Closs Former NBA Center Keith Closs had an appointment at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for an eye exam. Keith played briefly with the Los Angeles Clippers in the late 1990’s.

During the visit he told us many stories from his time with the Clippers.

Facts about Keith

  • Full name is Keith Mitchell Closs, Jr.
  • Attended Central Connecticut State.
  • Played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 1997-2000.


Meeting Norm Nixon

N.Nixon Former Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Norm Nixon visited the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for an eye exam. During the visit Norm mentioned to Dr. Liu that he hadn’t had his eyes checked in over 25 years.

After the exam the 2x NBA champion was nice enough to sign autographs for Dr. Liu and staff.

Some of my signed items.

Facts about Norm

  • Full name is Norman Ellard Nixon.
  • Attended Duquesne University.
  • 2x NBA All-Star.
  • 2x NBA champion.
  • Is married to actress/producer/director/dancer Debbie Allen.


Isaiah Rider Autograph Signing

Isaiah RiderIsaiah Rider made an appearance at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for a private signing. Isaiah flew in from Arizona just for this private event.

Basketball fans had the opportunity to mail in, drop off items, or participate in person. I’v never been one to mail in or drop off items so when the opportunity rose to attend in person I had to take advantage.

Some of my signed items.
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Facts about Isaiah

  • Nicknamed J.R.
  • Attended UNLV.
  • 1994 NBA Slam Dunk Champion.
  • 2001 NBA Champion.
  • Played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.


Isaiah touches on the subject of signing a one year deal with the Lakers
for the 2000-01 season and on Kobe Bryant retiring at the end of this season.