HoopsHype Bill Walker rumors

January 15, 2012 Updates

There is no telling how much difference he could have made had he been in there. Durant had 21 points at halftime and did it so fluidly that it seemed as if he had maybe 10. "I give him all the credit. He's a great player, he made great shots," said Bill Walker, who started in Anthony's place. The Knicks had no problem with Westbrook maybe rubbing it in. "You can do that when you're winning," Walker said. Stoudemire added, "I didn't necessarily take notice to it. They were feeling good about themselves, they shot the ball well. They had every right to have fun out there on the court." Newsday

December 28, 2011 Updates

According to Rivers, no one noticed that Walker actually touched Garnett first, before Garnett responded with a shove near Walker’s neck area. The video, said Rivers, “only shows Kevin’s reaction, so, no, I didn’t think he would [be suspended]. “I was amused by the attack on Kevin and nobody notices the other guy hits him on the shoulder. That’s what made him turn around. “Kevin’s an instigator. I don’t mind. He is who he is. How old is he now? I am not going to change him.’’ Boston Globe

December 27, 2011 Updates

Kevin Garnett will play against the Heat tonight thanks to the good graces of the NBA, which decided not to penalize the Celtics forward for his actions immediately following Sunday’s 106-104 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York. Garnett, after missing the potential game-tying shot as the buzzer sounded, lunged at Bill Walker and made contact with the Knicks forward’s throat. Celtics president Danny Ainge, who watched the game on television, believes the proper decision was rendered. Boston Herald

Bill Walker and Kevin Garnett have made peace. Walker on Monday downplayed Sunday's altercation between the two, saying he and Garnett spoke before leaving the arena. "We shook on it and everything," Walker said. "I have respect for KG. I know what type of player he is." Newsday

Bill Walker has forgiven Kevin Garnett after running into his former Celtics teammate by the team bus after Sunday’s NBA season-opener. According to an NBA source, Garnett won’t be suspended for shoving Walker in the throat after the final buzzer of the Knicks’ 106-104 victory. The hit sent Walker into a blind rage, and the Knicks’ swingman had to be restrained for 30 seconds and dragged off the court by team officials. “When I was leaving the arena, I talked to him,’’ Walker said yesterday. “We’re both competitors; we wanted to win. Emotions run high when you play at that level. We shook hands.’’ New York Post

Walker on Monday downplayed Sunday's altercation between the two, saying he and Garnett spoke before leaving the arena. "We shook on it and everything," Walker said. "I have respect for KG. I know what type of player he is." After Walker contested Garnett's potential tying jump shot at the end of the Knicks' 106-104 win over the Celtics, Garnett appeared to grab Walker's throat and shove him before the two were separated. An NBA spokesman told the Boston Herald that Garnett will not be fined or suspended. "It was in the heat of the moment," Walker said of his former Celtics teammate. "We're grown men and emotions run high sometimes and things happen." Newsday

December 26, 2011 Updates

The Celtics finished with three technical fouls (Ray Allen, Sasha Pavlovic, Jermaine O’Neal), the latter two in the fourth quarter as the Knicks made their move, and one player (Kevin Garnett) who is sure to get a call from the league office today. After missing the last shot of the game, Garnett shoved former teammate Bill Walker, who was defending the Celtics forward on the attempted buzzer-beater. Walker shouted in triumph, and Garnett angrily lunged at the Knicks guard. Boston Herald

Near the end of the game, Kevin Garnett and former Celtic Billy Walker had an exchange in which Garnett appeared to put his hands on Walker after the two had what appeared to be some harsh words. When asked about it after the game, Garnett scoffed, "Next question." He won't have the opportunity to be so dismissive if the league office calls, and there's a good chance they will after reviewing the incident. There's a possibility Garnett could be suspended for the Celtics' game Tuesday night in Miami, meaning Boston would have to face the powerful Heat without KG and Paul Pierce. CSNNE.com

“I went to contest his shot,’’ Walker said. “I guess he got mad I contested his shot. He grabbed my hand, tangled it up. I pulled my hand away, and then we had a situation.’’ Walker said Garnett also pushed him. “I’m a grown-up,’’ said Walker, who played 14 minutes after missing both preseason games with a groin injury. “You put your hands on my face, what part of the game is that? You know what the man does.’’ New York Post

Garnett initially feigned ignorance. “What are you talking about?” he said then snapped, “Next question.” Doc Rivers wasn’t pleased with his team’s response down the stretch, but he also insinuated that the deck was stacked. “Fourth-quarter technicals are not allowed,” he said. “But the game has to be about the players. I thought both teams were complaining just the same, and we got two (fourth-quarter) technical fouls. The game has to be about the players.” Boston Herald

The problem was two fourth-quarter technical foul calls on the Celtics. That violates a serious no-no under Rivers. Technicals aren’t the issue. Technicals in the fourth quarter are the issue. And the notoriously short-fused Joey Crawford, a veteran official who brooks no dissent, verbal or even visual, whistled Jermaine O’Neal and Sasha Pavlovic for technicals less than two minutes apart in the fourth. “Fourth-quarter technicals on our team are not allowed,’’ Rivers said. “That being said, the game has to be about the players. All right? I mean, c’mon. I thought both teams were complaining just the same, and we got the two techs. The game has to be about the players on the floor. That’s it.” Pavlovic said he had no idea why he got teed up. “I was just playing my game,’’ he said. “I told him [Crawford] I can’t afford to get a technical in the fourth quarter.” ESPN.com

December 25, 2011 Updates
April 15, 2011 Updates

There have been highs, such as Anthony's basket in Memphis with less than a second to go, and lows, such as the night in Detroit when Anthony didn't join the team huddle near the end of a loss in which he made just two of his 12 shot attempts. "It was like going to a new school in the middle of the school year. At first, it's just going to be so different," Knicks forward Bill Walker said. "Guys didn't know how to play with each other. You took away a lot of guys who were key contributors to our team and then took someone else's key contributors and put them with ours." Wall Street Journal

January 31, 2011 Updates
January 20, 2011 Updates

Walsh also has been steadfast in saying he will not "gut" his team to get a second superstar to play alongside Amare Stoudemire on the front line, so it starts to become a guessing game as to exactly how much the Knicks are willing to give -- and whether those assets will satisfy a Denver front office that has told the Knicks it isn't particularly enamored of anyone on New York's roster. Some of that is gamesmanship, because a source close to the Nets-Nuggets-Pistons trade talks said there are two young Knicks players -- Landry Fields and Bill Walker -- the Nuggets actually do like. ESPN.com

January 19, 2011 Updates

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