HoopsHype Antoine Walker rumors


March 14, 2012 Updates

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

December 22, 2011 Updates

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

November 23, 2011 Updates
November 21, 2011 Updates

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
November 8, 2011 Updates

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

November 3, 2011 Updates

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