Tough break for Walsh

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Matt Walsh was one of the most colorful players in Florida basketball history.

He dated a Playboy Playmate. He wore his brown, curly hair long,
often drawing the ire of opposing fans throughout the Southeastern
Conference.
He also hit some big shots in his career, including a bunch of
3-pointers during a 26-point performance that led Florida over Kentucky
in 2005 for its first SEC Tournament title in school history.
But so far, Walsh hasn’t found a home in the NBA. His NBA career
consists of a bunch of summer league and preseason games and one
regular-season game with the Miami Heat.
The Heat signed Walsh again this offseason as a free agent. But
they cut him over the weekend in favor of point guard Shaun Livingston,
a former high school phenom who is coming off major knee surgery.
I always thought that Walsh would find a role with an NBA team
off the bench, because even though he lacked quickness, he has good
size (6-foot-6) for the shooting guard position and showed he could
make clutch shots. Some scouts I know, however, said his chest-high
release negated his height advantage and ability to shoot over
defenders.
Could Walsh have benefited from staying for his senior year at
Florida? I wonder how he would, or could have fit in the Fab ‘O4s. Lee
Humphrey was a better fit with that group. He practiced with them more
regularly and worked the two-man game in the post with Joakim Noah and
Al Horford as well as any guard in college basketball.
Where does Walsh go from here? His agent, Jason Levien, sent a
text message saying that Walsh is looking into options both in the NBA
and overseas. Last season, Walsh played in Spain and did well
financially.
On a personal level, I’m pulling for Matt because he’s a good kid
who was never afraid to speak his mind. But as he gets older, it’s only
going to get tougher for him to make his NBA dream a reality.