Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 10:38 am  |  25 responses

Antoine Walker Announces Retirement From Basketball

Antoine Walker has spent the past few months chasing an unlikely NBA comeback, playing in the D-League for the Idaho Stampede with hopes that perhaps he could make it back to the L. Sadly, it looks as though that won’t be happening, as the former three-time All-Star announced after a game last night that he’s officially retiring from the game. Via CSNNE: “Former Boston Celtic Antoine Walker announced his retirement from basketball on Saturday night in the Idaho Stampede locker room following their win against the Bakersfield Jam, according to a team statement. The 35 year old is expected to make a formal retirement announcement in the coming days. Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports first reported Walker’s retirement. Walker, a 12-year NBA veteran, joined the Stampede (NBA Development League) last season and played 87 games for the team. He entered Saturday’s game averaging 9.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game and scored six points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PG) and four rebounds in 20 minutes in the win.”

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  • http://www.basketballnonsense.com BBNonsense

    I know Toine has received some heat for the past 2 years but I say good luck to him and best wishes! Those old ‘shimmy’ing days will never be forgotten.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    one of the few players to win the ncaa and nba chip

  • iLL wiLL

    and to sell both ncaa and nba chip rings. SMH.

  • add

    this news is 4 years late

  • Mike Mihalow

    I thought he was retired.

  • bike

    One of a kind

  • Greg

    I got no problem overall with toine but his lack of discipline (on & off the court), work ethic, too many 3 point shots, (I blame Jim O’brien for that) are the reasons he cant get back in the L. You reap what you sow…isnt that right A.I. and steph…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    2nd best shimmy, next to Mark Jax..

  • http://IGoHardNow.com CoolWhip

    McDonald’s Employee #8

  • Waggle

    Now to shimmy his way to the 4pm early bird special and some prune juice.

  • Cameron

    Greg, except Steph doesn’t wanna go back to the NBA

  • dma

    he’s only 35??

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy yay

  • jay

    Personalities help make the NBA. I appreciate guys like ‘Toine, A.I., Barkley, Rodman, etc. The average “make sure you bounce pass with your fingers spread out!” fan never likes these players but they don’t really know what the game is about anyway.

  • Phamie

    Antoine Walker is one of my fav. I wish him all the luck and sad to see him retiring not from his former NBA team.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Sad Shimmy.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    I don’t know what made me think ‘toine was more than a three time allstar.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    One of the first great (as In allstar quality at the time) players I seen In person. I’m from Ireland so seeing him and P-squared take on T-mac and the magic was a REALLY big deal for me.

  • Yesse

    Should have just packed his bags and go to europe to make money with basketball.

  • ernieD

    When he entered the league, he was one of the very few bright spots on the Celtics. Then they got Paul Pierce, and a few pieces started to gfall in to place for them. I thought they had a good shot at the finals back then, but they fgrew impatient and traded too many good players who had yet to fully develop (Chauncy Billups and Joe Johnson) and got players that were aging veterans. Kenny Anderson and Rodney Rodgers, anybody? Had they kept those young studs, they could have developed into a longer lasting solid team in the ’90s. They just never had the big man to get it done in the middle.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    Yeah Paul H, I was thinking at least 5 all star appearances. Anyway, its unfortunate that he’s fallen on hard times. I hope he can bounce back somehow and enjoy his life.

  • LA Huey

    And not a single fack was given.

  • dsleepy

    @ Paul H: Do the celtics resonate with people from Ireland, more so than other nba teams? I hope that didn’t sound like an ignorant question, i’m just genuinely curious.

  • toinefan88

    The greatest.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    @dsleepy, na mate It was actually seeing T-mac at the td waterhouse that was the big deal at the time! T-mac was on a level that only Ai and Kobe could touch. I really don’t think the Celtics have much of a following here, most people I know who are into ball (which are few and far between) follow players and fun organizations really.