HoopsHype Antoine Walker rumors

February 16, 2013 Updates
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

November 2, 2012 Updates

Mark Cuban: Anybody see anyone using Gold to get to front of gas lines in NYC or Jersey ? Didnt think so. Gold is a religion not a currency alternative Antoine Walker: @mcuban mark how are u doing Twitter

September 27, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan surprised his former teammate Scottie Pippen for Pippen’s 47th birthday party Monday night. Pippen’s wife, Larsa, planned the secret bash at Chicago hot spot Sunda. Bulls family, including team president Michael Reinsdorf and his wife, Nancy, NBA power broker William “World Wide Wes” Wesley, Antoine Walker, Ahmad Rashad, and new Bulls recruit and Chicago native Nazr Mohammed gathered to celebrate at the club with Pippen. Sources told us the fun night ended with a dance-off between Jordan and Pippen to the Trey Songz and Fabolous song, “Say Ahh.” New York Post

August 5, 2012 Updates

Steve Kyler: Antoine Walker working with some of the players at adidas Nations... talking to kids about choices and life as a pro athlete Twitter

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A growing trend in the league has been N.B.A. veterans, like Antoine Walker, Antonio Daniels and Mikki Moore, signing with the D- League in an effort to make their way back to the N.B.A. It is a situation akin to baseball’s Class AAA where there is a wide range in potential ages among the players. “Those guys are all N.B.A.-caliber players, so that improves the talent level of the league, but they also are coaches on the floor for the rookies and the young guys,” Reed said. “It doesn’t hurt that it attracts greater fan attention.” New York Times

April 8, 2012 Updates

Former Boston Celtic Antoine Walker announced his retirement from basketball on Saturday night in the Idaho Stampede locker room following their win against the Bakersfield Jam, according to a team statement. The 35 year old is expected to make a formal retirement announcement in the coming days. Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports first reported Walker's retirement. CSNNE.com

April 1, 2012 Updates

Antoine Walker can finally breathe easy -- he is officially done with his bankruptcy case. The former NBA star -- who was $12.7 million in debt despite reportedly making $110 million in his NBA career -- was discharged from bankruptcy by a Federal judge on March 21. As part of the case, Walker completed a personal finance management course on March 16, perhaps a sign he's ready to turn over a new financial leaf. TMZ.com

March 29, 2012 Updates
March 23, 2012 Updates

Antoine Walker has been waived by the Idaho Stampede … for now. Per a team statement, 35-year old Walker has been waived “due to personal reasons.” Walker will miss the Stampede’s game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday for business obligations in Chicago. He still could re-join the team, though. CSNNE.com

March 19, 2012 Updates

Antoine Walker's NBA Championship ring just sold for $21,500 ... which would have been great news for Antoine, if he wouldn't have been FORCED to sell as part of his bankruptcy case. Walker -- who won the ring as a member of the 2006 Miami Heat -- filed for bankruptcy back in 2010 ... claiming he racked up more than $12.7 million in debts ... but had only $4 mill in assets. According to court docs, Walker had to liquidate his property to pay back his creditors ... including his ring. Now TMZ has learned, the ring has been tentatively sold to a guy named Andres Garcia for a cool $21,500. TMZ.com

March 14, 2012 Updates

In five hours Walker will take the court for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA's Developmental League. For now he has agreed to talk about how and why he came to be here—a three-time All-Star living in a $915-a-month apartment he shares with reserve guard Chris Davis, and playing for a salary of less than $25,000. He has no car, subsists mainly on cold cuts and fast food and plays in front of crowds as small as 155. After five minutes, Walker emerges from the bedroom, dressed in a T-shirt and sweats, his eyes hazy. He turns off the video game, plops down on the couch and begins to speak. TRIVIA QUESTION: Entering this season, how many players in NBA history had won an NCAA title, an NBA title and earned more than $90 million as a pro? Answer: Two. One is Michael Jordan. The other is Antoine Walker. SI.com

Walker is a different player now. On Wednesday, two days before the meeting in his apartment, the Stampede played a game against the Texas Legends in Frisco, a 45-minute drive north of Dallas. Ten minutes into the first quarter, Walker checked in for the first time. Last season he was at least in shape, or close to it. This year, he is a good 40 pounds above his playing weight. He is impossible to miss on the court, with his wide hips, ample rear end and sloped stomach. Within 60 seconds Walker began grabbing his shorts, forcing his breath out in great gusts. By the middle of the second quarter he looked as if he'd run a marathon. The competition included such NBA talents as Daniels and Sean Williams, but Walker was the clear attraction. His face graced the ads for the game. In the courtside seats a thirtyish man holding a beer stopped cold when Walker first checked in. "Holy s---," the man said, turning to his friend. "Is that...?" The friend stared, then nodded, amazed, as if having discovered Steve Perry playing at the local dive bar. "It is! It's Toine!" Immediately both men lifted up their iPhones, like lighters at a rock concert, and commenced filming. Soon they began yelling, "Give us the shimmy!" SI.com

Walker is not one of them, though. Livingston instead sees a man adrift. "I keep telling Toine that you need an exit strategy," the coach continues, "but he can't do anything till he gets that paper. He has one and a half years left for graduation. He could have been doing that these last two years, but he hasn't." Stampede guard Tony Bobbitt, the former Cincinnati sharpshooter who once played two games with the Lakers, is sitting nearby and chimes in. "Hey, man, we all make mistakes," he says. "People don't understand that with athletes, a lot of us have big hearts, and people take advantage of that. How would you feel if you lost $100 million? Think about that." SI.com

He bristles at how he has been portrayed, saying that his gambling was "misunderstood," that the media created a "black cloud" over his reputation and that it was a "misconception" that up to 70 people were on his payroll. "I did nice things for my friends and family," he says. "That's how I was raised." He admits to regrets, too. "Sometimes it makes you slap yourself over the head," he says of the bad decisions, loans to friends and investments gone wrong. "But at the same time I can't cry over spilt milk; I got to keep going." He pauses, rubbing his forehead as if palming a basketball. "Believe me, I've had many a day where I just look at myself in the mirror, like, Damn, how you get into this situation?" SI.com

March 1, 2012 Updates

If you buy the old NBA sales pitch that the pro basketball league is “FANtastic” — but you can’t buy Michael Jordan’s Highland Park mansion, which went on the market Wednesday for $29 million — you can take a shot at a less pricey slice of hoops memorabilia right here in the Southland. The Tinley Park mansion of Antoine Walker, the former Boston Celtics and Miami Heat star, will go on the market in about six weeks for a mere $1.79 million. Southtown Star

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