HoopsHype Antoine Walker rumors

December 25, 2011 Updates
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Troubled former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker appeared in Cook County court Thursday morning for allegedly not paying child support and tuition bills for his youngest teenage daughter, officials said. But a Circuit Court judge said he could take no action on the matter because of Walker's pending bankruptcy case. Chicago Tribune

December 8, 2011 Updates

Former Boston Celtics three-time All-Star Antoine Walker didn’t pay his gambling debts in Las Vegas and now he is paying a hefty price. Walker was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to pay $770,050 restitution for debts he incurred between 2008 and 2009 at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Casino Resort, according an Associated Press report. Walker, 35, could face a year of prison if he violates his probation. But prosecutor Samuel Bateman told reporters the felony charges can be dismissed if Walker completely satisfies his debt. Walker had no comment after the proceedings. BET

December 6, 2011 Updates

Former NBA basketball player Antoine Walker was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $750,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos. Walker, 35, pleaded guilty in June to felony bad check charges after he failed to pay back gambling debts from 2009 at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort. Las Vegas Sun

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Walker hasn't reported to the Stampede yet this season, however, and it doesn't seem like he will until after the court thing is taken care of -- considering he's planning on hosting two-day parties in Chicago (see flyer at right) when he is supposed to be visiting Bismarck, N.D., for a two-game series against the Dakota Wizards. If the former All-Star is trying to prove he's rededicated himself to basketball, skipping the first four games of the season while he hosts parties and deals with legal matters probably isn't the best way of going about it. Considering the NBA lockout doesn't seem like it is ending anytime soon, however, maybe he's banking on NBA decision makers to just forget about it. Ridiculous Upside

November 10, 2011 Updates
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Bankrupt former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker is due before a state court judge in Nevada after pleading guilty in June to failing to repay some $750,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos. A prosecutor said the 35-year-old Walker is expected to be sentenced Thursday to probation and promise to repay the debts incurred in 2008 at the Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Casino Resort, and in January 2009 at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. Walker is from Chicago. He was a three-time All-Star with the Boston Celtics [team stats] before winning a 2006 NBA championship with the Miami Heat. He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2008. Boston Herald

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Pro-basketball player Antoine Walker pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of passing a bad check stemming from his failure to repay about $1 million in gambling debts he owed to three Las Vegas casinos. A sentencing date for Walker, who did not appear in court, was scheduled for Nov. 1 before Judge Valorie Vega. The 34-year-old faces probation or one to four years in prison. Prosecutor Sam Bateman said he is not seeking prison time as long as Walker pays back the $750,000 he still owes. Las Vegas Review-Journal

March 21, 2011 Updates

Lately, he has spent the better part of a season with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. That latter leg of his basketball journey has been humbling at times, he said, but it’s also been rewarding in ways he never imagined. “This is the best thing that I could have ever done,” said (Antoine) Walker, who hadn’t played since 2008 before joining the Stampede in December. “To just give myself the opportunity to come back and play, I feel so happy with myself for giving myself another shot. But also, the whole experience has been great. I have a greater appreciation for guys who are trying to get to the (NBA) this way.” Idaho Statesman

Livingston is a big believer in Walker, and he still thinks the 34-year-old has a chance to get back to the NBA this season. Teams are allowed to sign players to a remainder-of-season contract up until the final game of the regular season, and Livingston said a team looking for a veteran presence in the playoffs could do a lot worse than signing Walker. “Until the regular season is over in the NBA, it could still happen,” Livingston said. “A team like Orlando, who’s got Dwight Howard and needs a forward who can stretch the floor and shoot. And he’s played for Stan Van Gundy. So, you know, it just takes one team.” Idaho Statesman

A person who works with NBA personnel but preferred to remain anonymous said Walker still has some unique talents that could entice a team. “He’s one of the best passing big men we’ve ever seen, and he still is,” that NBA representative said. “That’s something that he’ll have when he’s 55, that vision and those ball skills. ... You look at Lamar Odom and you see a few Europeans who can handle the ball like that and pass it. It’s a unique talent.” Idaho Statesman

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