HoopsHype Antoine Walker rumors

April 20, 2012 Updates

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

Originally built by Walker in June 2005 for his mother, it cost the NBA star $4 million. Five years later, when he filed for bankruptcy, Walker owed $70,000 in back taxes and had not paid the mortgage in three months. “You can pick it up for half its construction value,” said Eric Workman, Mack’s vice president of sales and marketing. “He did not cut any corners. It’s extraordinarily well done.” Southtown Star

January 15, 2012 Updates

Word out of the NBADL showcase was that Antoine Walker is out of shape and not close to a return to the NBA. The former Celtic returned for a second stint with Idaho and was averaging 10.8 points and shooting 34.4 percent through 14 games. Walker, 35, last played in the NBA in 2007-08 with the Timberwolves. In the opening game of the showcase, before NBA scouts looking for roster additions, he finished 1 for 8 with 7 points in 30 minutes. Boston Globe

January 12, 2012 Updates

But Walker, 35, has found a way to fight back. He now plays for the NBA D-League's Idaho Stampede, which is playing in the D-League Showcase this week at the Reno Events Center. Surrounded by youth and energy, the Stampede's elder statesman has found a way to slow the final seconds ticking off his career and find hope for one more return. He wants to end his career on his own terms. "I didn't get to leave on my own merit," Walker, known for his "Walker Wiggle" celebrations, said. "I still love the game, I still want to play. I believe that if I'm in the proper shape I could play another year or two and help some teams out." Reno Gazette-Journal

He's also become a mentor. Walker said he pulls NBA-assigned players to the side to teach them lessons he learned as a player. During games he can be seen talking to teammate Jordan Hamilton and Armon Johnson during time-outs. He said his main lesson is to teach them how to focus on winning rather than putting up points, a lesson he learned later in his career. "I'm really trying to help Jordan develop; I think he could be a really great player. Armon played with us last year, I played with him a little bit," Walker said. "So really it's just making sure these guys continue to grow." Reno Gazette-Journal

December 30, 2011 Updates
December 25, 2011 Updates

Evelyn Lozada -- one of the stars of "Basketball Wives" who was once engaged to former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker -- is being sued for allegedly receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally. The story is shocking. Walker raked in a whopping $110 million during his NBA career, in addition to untold millions in endorsements and other deals ... and he blew ALL OF IT and a lot more. TMZ.com

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