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Mayor Ron Discusses Mental Health With Lonnie Walker

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg hosted his first Instagram live chat Tuesday afternoon with Lonnie Walker to discuss physical and mental health during periods of isolation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Nirenberg and Walker spoke on how they are adjusting to the changes to daily life. The 21-year-old Spurs player said he’s been spending time with his dogs and working out in  his living room since he doesn’t own an extensive home gym setup.

He says the Spurs workout together virtually, using Zoom, or will catch up on FaceTime video calls. Nirenberg says he’s been taking about 10 minutes each night, while everyone is sleeping, to sit on his back porch with music to decompress.

The two, who are also avid readers, also talked about Walker’s current reading choices. Walker said he’s reading” The Art of War” by Sun Tzu again. Walker said one of the first things Coach Gregg Popovich taught him was to strike when the defender is vulnerable.

The mayor ended the chat with kudos for Walker by saying he and the city are proud of the young Spurs star.


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