Shimmy Fans, Rejoice: Antoine Walker Attempting NBA Comeback
I’m a simple creature, and as such it doesn’t take a whole lot to keep me content. With the weather warming up, then, and the NBA playoffs in full swing, I was already a fairly happy chappy. This morning, though, things just got a whole lot better.
After reading a number of vague reports that ‘Toine was mulling a comeback, ESPN today reported that Employee Number 8 was indeed bringing his four-point-shooting ass back to the league. If the league will have him, that is. Here’s the information we have right now:
Louisville coach Rick Pitino says Walker will work out with several Cardinals during the next few weeks. Walker hasn’t played in the NBA since 2008 and has suffered legal and financial woes since stepping away from the game.
Walker agreed to pay three Las Vegas casinos more than $900,000 to settle three bad-check charges last fall.
Pitino, who coached Walker at Kentucky in the 1990s, said he also hopes Walker will talk to his players about the temptations that come with life as a professional.
"He’ll talk to our guys," Pitino said. "What I told him is it’s not about the past, get ready and get going and move on."
Now why, you ask, am I so excited about the potential return of a washed-up chucker whose only media mentions of late were when his ex-fiancée, Evelyn Lozada, showed up naked on the interwebs? Two words: The Shimmy.
Ah, yes. If there’s one thing I’ve missed since ‘Toine took his act down to Puerto Rico, it’s the shoulder-shaking celebration that turned a man who otherwise would have been deemed a gigantic asshole into a lovable scamp. Once upon a time, the dude could kind of hoop, too. For a reminder of Walker’s game set to the smooth sounds of the Ol’ Dirty Bastard (no prizes for guessing which track they used), check out the clip below.
Let us know what you think about ‘Toine’s chances of making it back to the NBA by leaving a comment below. Also, if you have any special memories you’d like to share, go ahead and get to reminiscing.