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.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There will be no heroic comeback for Antoine Walker.
Last night, the former All-Star announced his retirement from basketball following the Idaho Stampede’s win in the D-League.
Walker, a generous and outgoing person, came out retirement and returned to basketball in hopes of earning enough money to pay creditors after declaring bankruptcy.
It never panned out.
Walker, out of shape and older, was a shade of his former self. The shoulder-shimmy was a thing of the past, along with the days of the round forward leading the break and firing away from three-point land for the Boston Celtics.
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Right now life isn't exactly fantastic for Antoine Walker, the NBA's all-time leader in both shimmies and four-pointers attempted. After blowing through a phenomenal amount of dough (he earned over $110 million in his career) and struggling to return to the league, the last thing he wants is to be exposed to more financial liabilities. Unfortunately for 'Toine, that's exactly what happened when a Chicago resident by the name of Kevin Jenkinsfiled a suit claiming that Antoine Walker not only slept with his fiancée but convinced her to kick him out of their residence while Walker waited outside in his Range Rover.
The lady in question is one Johanna Edelberg, whose name last showed up in the papers in 2001 when her roommate committed suicide after the two smoked marijuana in their Manhattan apartment. Both women were then working as plus-size models for NYC's famed Wilhelmina Models agency, and a quick Google search turns up a number of photoshoots featuring the curvy Ms. Edelberg in such a capacity.Read More
Antoine Walker is receiving interest from four to six NBA teams, according to Chico Walker, the forward's uncle. "He said, 'I made a lot of mistakes,' " Walker, a former member of the Red Sox, said.
"[He said,] 'I made a lot of mistakes and I trusted the wrong people. I realized going forward I have to have positive people around me, just in life period. I have to have a lot of positive people around.' And I think now he gets it."
The younger Walker has endured a DUI charge, reports of gambling debt, real estate gone bad and a bankruptcy filing in May.
"He said, 'I didn't know how fast I was going. I didn't know this or that.' I said, 'I'm sure you didn't know, but you've got to be smarter than that. You're 20 years old, you're independent, and you've got to make better decisions. What if you hurt somebody, or what if you hurt yourself? I don't care how late you were. You call and say you're going to be even later.' He's sorry he did it."
Julius, who is also known as "Doc," wasn't done with the phone call. He posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday morning (approximately 11 a.m. Pacific time) saying he had told Evans he must apologize to the Kings and their fans. Evans, who could not be reached by FanHouse for comment, responded to his brother's demand less than an hour later, with the message on his account reading, "Apologies to fans, the Kings and my fam for bad decision making. Driving is a privilege & speeding was a mistake. I've def learned my lesson."
Which is exactly why "Team Tyreke" exists in the first place.
While many NBA players have entourages or extensive networks of family and friends, few -- if any -- are like the Evans bunch. They've been helping him learn lessons, and avoid these types of mistakes, from the time he was a rising young talent back in Chester, Pa. While he was dominating AAU tournaments, putting on a four-year show at American Christian Academy in Aston, Pa. and later starring in one season at the University of Memphis, they were creating a structure that was geared toward maximizing his talent and helping him avoid missteps on the path to prominence.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is what more young NBA stars need.
Instead of having a team of yes men who give into his every whim, Evans has legitimate mentors. There's a difference. Yes men won't say no because they're afraid of upsetting their meal ticket, while mentors have lives, life experience, and always serve the best interests of the person they work with.
Evans should be thankful for 'Team Tyreke'. After all, how many talented players have faltered because they had a posse of yes men instead of mentors?
Consider that Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph, and Antoine Walker have recently been in the headlines for off-court transgressions. This wasn't their first time in the news. And perhaps their fates would be different if a team of advisors were in place.
With his mentors, Evans, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will learn from this incident and be better for it.
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HoopsVibe's Call: A $575, 000 loan at 85% interest? $30,000 a month in household expenses? $1,000 a month for cable?
With expenses like this, Eddy Curry, the New York Knicks' much maligned post, needs a financial mentor/intervention. Perhaps, late-night informercial guru Suzy Orman is available.
While it's commendable to care for family and friends after making it 'big', Curry's spending is straight out of control.
Curry - who barely played in 2009-10 and is under contract for just one more year at $10 million - must immediately change his spending patterns or he'll soon join former shoulder-shimmy star Antoine Walker, the nation of Greece, and producer Jermaine Dupri in bankruptcy.
And there's nothing worse than Uncle Sam and creditors sniffing around for your Bentleys, Rolls Royces, and mansions in the Hamptons.
Click the link courtesy of Ball Don't Lie and get the full scoop on Curry's financial woes.
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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:Read More
VH1's Basketball Wives debuted last night, and we have a couple of clips for you today. In the video below, Evelyn Lozada, former fiancée of Antoine Walker, talks about breaking up with the former All-Star.Read More