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Henry Walker
Henry Walker
Position: -
Born: 10/09/87
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Earnings: $3,329,677 ($4,086,397*)
Walker, 18 at the time and now 27, was playing in an AAU tournament when his cousin Edrick called and asked if he wanted to attend Edrick’s 18th birthday party that night, about 45 minutes away. Walker declined because he thought basketball needed to be the priority that day. The next morning, Walker learned Edrick, a friend and two others were killed overnight in a quadruple homicide on the streets of Huntington. “It was a sign that basketball saved my life,” Walker said. “I think about it every day. Just looking at my daughter, I think this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t been playing basketball.”
“There are not too many people I know from that area whose fathers had been in their lives, so that was a common bond we all had growing up,” Walker said. “All raised by their mothers, bleak situation. An environment with a lot of violence, a lot of drug dealing, a lot of people without a positive mind-set because they feel like they don’t have any options. Then you have people clawing to get out. It makes for a bad environment. “Down the street from me was a 24-hour dope house. You would have junkies, dealers. It was an everyday thing. These people were my neighbors. I didn’t realize how crazy it was until I got out and see how other people live.”