Samaki W., Los Angeles, CA Basketball Coach

Samaki W.



I believe in establishing a fundamental foundation that will allow anyone to learn the game the right way. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
Training Locations
  1. LA Fitness, 6401 Canoga Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Coach is willing to travel up to 10 miles

  • University of Louisville (KY)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

  • Agility, Attacking the Rim, Ball Handling, Defense, Footwork, Moving Without the Ball, Passing, Pick and Roll, Post Moves, Reading the Floor, Rebounding, Shooting


  • University of Louisville (KY)

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Forward, Guard

  • Agility, Attacking the Rim, Ball Handling, Defense, Footwork, Moving Without the Ball, Passing, Pick and Roll, Post Moves, Reading the Floor, Rebounding, Shooting

More About Coach Samaki

2002 World Champion Los Angeles Laker with 15 years of professional experience. I've played with such teams as the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Dallas Maverick domestically, as well as Korea, China, Russia, Lebanon and Syria abroad. My passion for teaching triumphs my playing experiences and I've spent the last 10 years coaching kids and adults to help them reach their personal goals in the sport of basketball.

*1996 9th pick overall in the NBA
*2002 World Champion Lakers
*2008 Syrian national champs
*2010 Syrian national champs
*Coach at National Basketball Players Association's (NBPA's) Top 100 Camp.
*Extensive individual development with current NBA, D League and college players.
*NBPA Leadership Development Program participant
*Las Vegas Summer League Scout
*Worked with 15 African players now playing in the United States
* Owner of Prime Basket Player Development Basket Academy

Fundamentals are the backbone of the game of basketball and are the major teaching points of my program. I believe the fundamentals of foot work and ball handling should be established before introducing speed and agility and other components of the game to beginners. For the more advanced athlete I introduce speed, agility and more dynamic movements that should be practiced routinely to challenge the athlete for complete body control and skill development. I stress the necessity for watching and understanding practice and game film to develop the mental aspects of the game which correlate directly with IQ and understanding how to read the game of basketball.

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Client Reviews

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We really enjoyed working with Samaki. He developed an individualized program to meet my sons needs. Easy to connect and schedule.

Samaki Walker went above and beyond anything I expected of someone of his stature and experience. What he did for my sons game I can't thank him enough!
He also helped immensely with the mental aspects and dealing with adversity, like a basketball psychologist:) ! Thanks Samaki

Coach Samaki was an excellent coach for our son Anten. We are 100% satisfied with the one on one sessions. Too bad we had to come from Canada to take his training as we would have loved to take more. We really appreciate your words of wisdom with the mental part of the game and towards training as well. Anten is so excited to test out his new skills. Many thanks again!!
Randeen and Johnny K

Coach Samaki was awesome with my son Landon! I noticed a huge improvement in his shooting and dribbling but most importantly I saw his confidence grow from just one session. Landon can't wait to do another session soon!

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Excellent first workout. My players were challenged and pushed outside their comfort zone. Samaki pushed them to go hard and made corrections when needed. Overall great experience, we will be back.

He was very good with my son and made him to work hard. He gained confidence and skills he needed to get better. Thank you, coach!

Coach Samaki was AMAZING with our young son. In one session he already had better coordination, ball handling and footwork. He is talking about his Coach non stop and is very excited to continue working with him. Can't beat that!!

Coach Samaki is amazing!!! He is the best Basketball Coach in Los Angeles!!!

Coach Walker is the consummate professional. He is very insightful and knowledgeable about player development, what it takes to achieve and maintain a great play. A true MBA champion. I would highly recommend coach Walker to anybody who is looking for a professional training in the game of basketball.

Coach Samaki is the best coach ever!

My 11 year old son recently had a session with Coach Samaki. He showed my son new drills that he never done before, and was very patient in getting the drills done correctly. My son really enjoyed the session, and I highly recommend Coach Samaki to anyone looking to develop your game. My son has already used some of the training in game time situations.

Coach Samaki is the best! He's simply amazing.
My son was extremely satisfied. ..
Coach Samaki may God bless you and your family.

Coach Samaki was professional, talented, and really showed my son what an elite skill level is, and what work needs to be put in to get to that level. I was extremely impressed with how approachable he was and how well he coached. Thank you very much my son and I look forward to many more sessions with you.

My sons looking forward to more sessions with Coach Samaki....left feeling confident, improvement shown after his first visit...THANK YOU!

Coach Walker is more than a great coach! My kid loves him, and I love him too. He is by far the best coach we have worked with.

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Samaki was undoubtedly the best coach I've ever trained with. He worked my fundamentals and gave me insight into how to advance to greater levels of intensity. Samaki's personality makes him ideal for kids and all adult levels. Thanks for your help Samaki.

Good Basketball coach

Great Coach and just simple great human being. Wonderful teacher, enjoyed his coaching very much!

If there were 6 stars, I would choose that! Coach Walker is a fantastic coach. His ability to relate to and motivate my son was phenomenal. And, of course, his ability to coach the sport is second to none! After one session, my son's shot is so improved - it's truly unbelievable. He can't wait to go back! Thanks so much, Coach!

Coach Walker is an amazing Coach/teacher. I know my boys will truly benefit from his teaching. He is very thorough, passionate and dedicated...as my boys had said after their first lesson....the training was phenomenal!!!

Best coach. goat

He is amazing exactly what my son needs to build strength and confidence. His passion for kids shine through big time. My son cannot wait to work with him again.

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Coach Samaki is breathtakingly awesome! Our 13 year old son loved every moment and is learning so much. He focuses on the fundamentals and when he demonstrates something you are seeing it at a pro level with proper form which makes learning it so much easier. He's also so friendly and really cares about improving your game!

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Our son had an amazing experience. Samaki is great at not only at pinpointing a child physically, he is able to speak to and communicate at a level each child understands individually. That is a hard quality to find. We will definitely continue working with Samaki. We would highly recommend him.

Coach Samaki is just amazing. He can easily spot the skills you have to work on. He is the best coach! I will definitely recommend him to all our friends.

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BEST COACH ever my son has never experienced this level of training.

Samaki is the real deal. He is a great player and an equally great teacher. A great experience and a lot learned.

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The best, most knowledgeable and supportive basketball coach for any student of basketball. It has been a pleasure learning all the skills Coach Samaki has taught my child. We look forward to continuing his training with this respected instructor.

The best coach I have ever seen before. Wish to train with him everyday

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Coach Samaki is fabulous! I was nervous since I'm a beginner and haven't played much, but Coach Samaki was very patient, encouraging and positive! I had a blast and learned a lot already in just one lesson.

Very nice, and great coaching skills, i believe he will lead me to another level of basketball for sure

Coach Walker is an exemplary Coach. He inspires, motivates, and disciplines fluidly.This is what skill development should be like, hard work? Absolutely, but a tremendous amount of fun and satisfaction as well. I look forward to developing my skills with Coach for a long time to come.

Coach Samaki trained my 10 year old son Lyle developing his fundamental basketball skills and teaching him basic techniques through one-on-one professional instruction helping him to work hard and smart as a beginning player. High five for Coach Samaki and Lyle as they continue to take their game to the next level!

I never imagined what an amazing experience it would be to see my son working with Coach Samaki. You can look at his experience as a basketball player and know that he is exceptionally talented but what I saw today is that he is equally talented working with young players, and can inspire them to be the best athletes they can be. Not only did he teach technical skills to my son but he explained how to have integrity on the court, how to be competitive and confident, while at the same time be a team player. I saw my son perform better than I've ever seen him play when he was with Coach Samaki and he is counting down the days till his next coaching session with him. Time with Coach Samaki will not only greatly improve my son's basketball game but it will be a positive experience that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

You have Kobe, Jordan, Shaq, and SAMAKI WALKER!!! He's the best coach ever and the nicest person you'll ever meet. He had me shooting jump shots like Jordan in the first 30 minutes. One warning, watch out for the fans/photographers. Samaki is fresh out of retirement so he's still a BIG DEAL. He will be big time very soon so you better hurry while he's still "giving back." I've already booked my next lesson.

My friend and I had an awesome training session with coach Samaki. We were interested in learning about box-out, position battling and rebounding and coach Samaki's drills and lessons fully covered our needs. During the session, he was closely monitoring our progress and always giving helpful instructions or personal demos when we were doing things incorrectly. By the end of the session, my friend and I felt that we have tremendously improved in the areas we were seeking to improve. We highly recommend coach Samaki to basketball athletes.

My son had a great session with Coach Samaki. He was very professional and enthusiastic. Took his time with my son on his drills and shooting. Gave some great advice and guidance. We will definitely book Coach Samaki again.

Samaki is an absolute pro. The experience was life changing for my son. We immediately saw changes in his confidence and ability. We highly recommend Samaki. He is amazing!

Samaki is an amazing coach. He is extremely patient and encouraging. My son's basketball skills have already improved dramatically, and he is very excited to attend his training sessions. I strongly recommend Samaki as a coach; he is the best.

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