Lukas Robin “Luke” Ridnour: Pale skin, elbow in, and scruff on the chin. This all may seem irrelevant, but it adds up to one sure thing – 88.8% from the free throw line. As a key contributor to the Timberwolves this season, we need to examine the man who appears as if he may belong on a hog farm in Early, Iowa drinking a tall glass of skim milk as opposed to scoring “perfect form” three pointers and throwing back-door lobs to Derrick Williams. Luke Ridnour reminds me of the original “Milkman”, Jeff Hornacek of the Utah Jazz. It is well known that “Horny” would celebrate his wins with a tall, crisp glass of skim milk, especially if he went 100% from the free throw line. When the Jazz first won the Western Conference title in the 1997 playoffs, Hornacek went home and pounded a whole pint of CHOCOLATE milk, catching a wicked buzz, and passing out on the floor only to have his wife wake him up for the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls. Ridnour not only plays like he is under the influence of milk (he may actually be), but he will never fall into the temptation of the chocolate milk like Jeff Hornacek once did. He is too focused on the success of the Timberwolves. He’s not flashy, and that’s what separates Luke and the other “Milkmen” of the league.
Luke Ridnour is having a career year for the Minnesota Timberwolves and his stat line speaks for itself: 12.3 points per game on 53% FG’s (unreal for a guard), 3.3 assists per game, 1.2 steals per game, and 1.3 three pointers made per game. All of this on relentless guts and determination.
To be a Milkman is no disrespect. To earn this title, you have earned your respect amongst your NBA peers and fans. And you certainly have the reputation as a fundamentally sound player, and great shooter.
You may be wondering what characteristics will define a “Milkman.” To simplify things, here’s a Top 10 list of qualities (but not limited to) that define a Milkman:
1) Shoot 85% + from the free throw line.
2) Straight-edge, fundamentally sound player.
4) Minimal rebellious acts against authority. (Possibly chugging chocolate milk on occasion).
5) Tightly laced sneakers.
7) Maximizes given athletic ability into “milky” results.
I have compiled a list of the top 10 “milkmen” currently playing in the NBA:
Steve Blake (minus the shooting form)