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Monday, August 23rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm  |  33 responses

Antoine Walker Working On A Comeback

Jessica Camerato of WEEI caught up with Toine’s uncle at Fenway Park: “Chico Walker saw a different side of his nephew this Fourth of July weekend. It wasn’t a three-time All-Star shimmying on the court. It wasn’t the centerpiece of several legal troubles, either. Instead he saw Antoine Walker, a humbled athlete fighting to overcome his lapses in judgment and restart his NBA career at age 34… Now as Antoine attempts a comeback in the NBA, he turned to someone he has trusted over the years. Antoine has spent his summer working out at the University of Louisville with Rick Pitino, his coach at the University of Kentucky and on the Celtics, and the Cardinals basketball team. Chico estimates Antoine has dropped between 18 and 25 pounds as he continues to improve his conditioning under Pitino‘s watch. “Four to six” teams, he said, have already expressed interest in the forward, who is fighting to land an NBA roster spot for the first time since 2008 when he received a buyout from the Grizzlies. Antoine Walker is also fighting to shed a negative image, one that led to being released from his most recent team, the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico… ‘He’s definitely looking to go into training camp, but he knows it’s not going to be a guaranteed contract,’ said Chico. ‘He’s going to have to go in and make a team, and he understands that. That’s where he is in terms of his conditioning. He knows he has to go in there and earn a spot. Nothing’s going to be given to him regardless of what he’s done in the past. I think the main concern is that this other stuff is going to follow him around. Is that going to be a deterring factor for a lot of teams? Hopefully not because basketball-wise, I still think he has a little bit to give to the game. But he has to go in and he has to show that. Nothing’s going to be given to him at this point.’”

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  • http://google c_cantrell

    iv heard of him coming back for the last several years.. dont see it happening

  • george w. buckets

    i dont think any NBA team wants to sign antoine walker to a spot in their front office…

  • george w. buckets

    oh i read the whole story… he’s trying to play? come on, if iverson doesn’t have a job, there is no way toine gets an opportunity

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Back to the Celtics makes the most sense.

  • hammer

    As Cool J would say “Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve been here for yrs!” Hope “Employee #8″ gets his s**t str8,lands on a team and gets 2 go out on a respectful note but just don’t c it happenin especially w/his legal issues and his age. Had a lot of promise and did fulfill it up 2 a certain point,but left a lot 2 b desired

  • S

    Walker was a huge part of the Miami Heat championship a few years ago, he always worked hard
    for the teams he played for.Would like to see him get
    a second chance.
    ALLEN IVERSON certainly should be playing this season,he gives 100% everytime he plays!
    Cannot imagine any team overlooking his incredible
    talent.

  • Tweaks

    I remember rockin` his sig-shoes back in the day…

  • Coney Islander

    Someone get this guy another hamburger.

  • unrel

    @tweaks.. did you gain weight wearing them?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    “Toine” shoots a lot of 3′s because there aren’t no 4′s.

  • RoytheBoy

    I’d love to see Walker in a Cavs jersey, it’d be fun. He’d work well in Scott’s up-tempo offense. Even though he would probably take tons of bone-headed shots, I wouldn’t mind, I’m trying to loose some games this year.

  • Jer Boi

    Yeah Tione would be a major SF upgrade from that guy they had last year

  • Sparker

    “i think he still has a little bit to give to the game.” and this may actually be a little bit of an overstatement.

  • total scrotal implosion

    He could be a decent role player. Those paul n toine celts were fun to watch, almost made the finals. Back when it was truly the leastern conf.

  • ld

    Let me guess, he thinks he will be the perfect fit for the Heat just like Penny said he would be too.

  • MikeC.

    If he was older, I’d say he should go to the Celtics.

  • parsnips

    Oh, I get it. This is from 2 years ago but someone posted it by mistake. That makes sense.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    ^^that was me. Who the F&*K is parsnips?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7xlzLOZH5c Th3_R3al_Chris

    He is one of the best offensive rebounding forwards I have ever seen when he plays on the block. If Doc can keep him from the perimeter, he would be incredible on the C’s. Even on the perimeter, he’s pretty much Rasheed Wallace but better on the boards and without the defensive tenacity.

  • JTaylor21

    The heat should sign him and AI for the minimum if they’re willing. I remember Walker playing a huge role when the Heat won the chip in 06 and he could bring the same ish.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    @Th3_R3al – he’s also missing about 6″ on Rasheed

  • wilz

    he’ll need more than “a little bit” to offer to the game..cmon

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Heat should sign Antoine to replace their mascot. Who needs that disgusting, inflamed peener when you can have Toine doing the shimmy?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    If he put work in, he could be a decent 6th man somewhere like Utah. I do like the idea of him in Cleveland though….

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol

    After the WNBA it is about time for a VNBA – V for veterans. The Washington Wheelchairs vs. the Houston Hemroids?

  • Ronald

    The Real Chris had it right. He was an amazing offensive rebounded. Which highlighted his effort on the defensive side as he was sucked at defensive boards.

  • Ronald

    *rebounder, not rebounded.

  • Yesse

    I doubt he is coming back. This isn’t the first time i have heard of him trying to come back.

  • dNYCe

    Is this where the Lebron hype left us..itching for a Walker comeback?

  • http://thosefishtacosarethetits.blogspot.com Th3_R3al_Chris

    Smartest decision for him, with his financial issues, would be to go to a team like Toronto for mid-level type money and showcase his capabilities in whatever role they provide him.

  • ClydeSays

    I grew up watching Toine in Boston. In case anyone forgot, #8 had ridiculous potential and could be an exciting player to watch. On the rare nights when he had everything working he was a franchise player. His footwork on the block in his prime was exceptional, but he rarely used that skill. Somehow you never saw his full game. He’d go inside maybe once or twice a game get fouled, miss his FT’s (bizarre for a jump shooter) and then he’d go back to shooting 3-14 from 3. AW always lagged on D and dominated the ball on the other end. It’s a shame Toine’s game & fortune just disappeared.

  • ramn

    Is it just me or did Paul and Toine LOOK like the most unathletic players even in their primes?

  • Clos1881

    Damn he only 34!!!

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