HoopsHype Antoine Walker rumors

June 22, 2014 Updates

Antoine Walker’s past financial issues have been well-publicized. He is trying to move forward, with aspirations of working as an NBA coach or scout. But the former Celtics star does not want his troublesome experience to be forgotten without a purpose. Walker is scheduled to release a documentary detailing his past in “Gone In An Instant,” which will premier Monday in Boston. Boston Globe

Walker earned $108 million in his career but was forced to file for bankruptcy. Those financial issues led to the premature conclusion of his career, and perhaps are the reason he is seeking work in the NBA. Walker has been brutally honest about his mistakes and his story has become the preeminent example of financial mismanagement. “Over the last 3½ years, going through bankruptcy and going through trials and tribulations, it was good for me to finally get an opportunity to tell my story the proper way,” Walker said. “I was more excited to use this for a learning tool with younger guys coming up in the league and for youth coming up in general.” Boston Globe

“By me coming into the league at a young age, I really didn’t have a concept of money,” he said. “I thought a million dollars was a million dollars. I didn’t know it was $600,000. I never really understood taxes and investments and stocks and bonds. I want to give back to the youth so they can understand that. So many guys in the NBA coming into the league are so young and become millionaires at 18 or 19 years old.” Boston Globe

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Walker, on the other hand, is trying to find work in the NBA at age 37, having run into financial hardship. He averaged at least 20 points in five of his seven seasons in Boston and reached three All-Star Games. He watched Sunday’s Celtics-Nets game, in which Pierce and Kevin Garnett were saluted in their return, from his home in Chicago, without a tinge of bitterness but definitely with some what-ifs. “I knew it was going to be difficult for Paul and KG just because you’ve given your all, especially for Paul, a guy who’s played 15 seasons in Boston,” Walker said Monday afternoon. “The Boston fans have seen him grow from being a rookie to probably a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His number is definitely going up in the rafters. I knew it was going to be emotional for him.” Boston Globe

“I think what I did in Boston was great; I think it was good for the time,” he said. “We accomplished what we could accomplish with the personnel that we had. Me and Paul did a great job of being a high-scoring duo. I don’t think our personnel was at a championship level. I think they did a great job of adding two Hall of Famers in Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. I still feel like we were a few pieces away. “Boston was great for me as an individual. As a player, the organization treated me great. I couldn’t ask for a better organization. I consider it my second home. When I came back with Dallas, just the standing ovation that I got, it’s heartwarming knowing the people appreciate the work ethic and the things you do.” Boston Globe

Being part of the same AAU programs and close to the same age, Pierce and Walker were close during their Celtics years. Walker was there for support during Pierce’s stabbing incident, and the two took the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals in 2002. Over the past several years, however, the bond hasn’t been as strong. “We were very close when we played [together] but as our careers took different paths we lost a little connection there,” Walker said. “Paul’s gotten married. He has kids. I was going through what I was going through in my personal life, so we lost contact. I’m still very much connected to the game and watched his career grow and progress and still a huge fan of Paul’s. He’s still one of my top players in the league. “Sometimes different directions in life, you lose contact. But the bond that we shared for the years we played together will always been special. We’ve had an opportunity over the last few years to bump into each other over the summer and it’s always the same. The love is still there. We always have the utmost respect for each other, so I’m happy for him. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” Boston Globe

October 8, 2013 Updates

Since his time in the NBA ended, Antoine Walker has often been cited as one of those cautionary tales for life after basketball. He blew through his fortune and filed for bankruptcy and retired after a failed comeback attempt in 2012. Sadly for Walker, it seems many of those people who may have stuck with him through the high times aren’t around anymore. For The Win

August 17, 2013 Updates
June 25, 2013 Updates

Former Celtic Antoine Walker said Monday night he was “serious” after tweeting Monday morning that he was interested in the Celtics head coaching job. Walker, 36, more recently known for his well-chronicled financial issues and a premature end to his career, said he wants to work in the NBA and has head-coaching aspirations. “I want to be back in the game, I love the game and am a student of the game,” he said. “I want to stress seriously that I do want to become a coach . . . there’s a lot of guys starting to get opportunities and so the league is getting younger coaches. Obviously I’m lacking in experience but we’ve all got to start from somewhere.” Boston Globe

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February 24, 2013 Updates

Former Celtic Antoine Walker, who recently attended his old team’s win over the Bulls at TD Garden, was one of the winners of a charity card tournament at All-Star Weekend in Houston along with NFL defensive lineman Travis Johnson. Walker, who has had well-publicized financial issues, donated his $5,000 prize to the Tamara Jolee Children’s Cancer Foundation. Walker has begun to return to the public spotlight after settling a lawsuit with a Las Vegas casino. Boston Globe

February 16, 2013 Updates

The tournament was organized by Bigg City Bouree, a company that's trying to standardize the Bourré rules and take the game mainstream in casinos from Las Vegas to Macau, a process that will possibly involve a reality show along the way. (Yep, that sentence exists). The "celebrity" part of the tournament didn't quite materialize Friday, but Antoine Walker and Clipper Darrell were prominently involved, so I call it a success. SB Nation

January 17, 2013 Updates

That same year, he tried to return to the NBA, but failed to make a team. He briefly played with the Guaynabo Mets in Puerto Rico in 2010 before latching on to the Idaho Stampede in the development league, where he played for two years before calling it quits in 2012. He said his downfall is partially due to the housing bubble. 'Personally, I was involved in a lot of real estate projects with the banks where I was the personal guarantor of the loans,' he said. 'And when the recession hit back in 2007 and 2008, the banks went really hard after the money. 'There's probably like 7 to eight banks that we had loans with. And it kind of hit me all at once. I had to pay back the money.' Daily Mail

November 23, 2012 Updates

By now all Celtics fans are familiar with Antoine Walker’s financial troubles. The former Celtic made millions during his NBA career and lost it all to poor decisions, gambling, and an excessive lifestyle. Ultimately this lead Walker to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010. His assets were liquidated and now EBAY merchant “The_Merchandise_Group” is selling many of “the Wiggles” personal items including 15 pairs of his sneakers. Some are game worn and others are his personal casual shoes. Pricing ranges from $25 to $99. RedsArmy.com

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