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Antoine Walker Wants To Return To NBA
Tuesday , Jul , 02 , 2013 Paul Eide

Antoine Walker Wants To Return To NBA

Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker wants another shot in the NBA.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: After a failed comeback in the D-League, Walker is aiming for a front office job, like Jason Kidd.

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Sunday , Apr , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

End of the Shoulder-Shimmy: Antoine Walker retires from basketball

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.

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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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Thursday , Dec , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Antoine Walker Sued for Sleeping with Man’s Fiancée


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.

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Saturday , Oct , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rajon Rondo saving money for a lockout?

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is saving his money in the event of an NBA lockout. NBA commissioner David Stern says he wants to cut player salaries by one-third.

Rondo says he's "saving a lot of money this year." He is scheduled to make $9 million this season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Currently, the owners and Players Union are locked in a game of hyperbole and exaggeration. Both are playing hardball through the media.

This is typical of negotiations. You ask for the moon. You meet in the middle.

However, a player – Rajon Rondo - saving money twelve months before a lockout or strike could kick in is especially troubling.

After all, NBA players are Suze Ormen’s greatest nightmare. As a rule, they don’t save –just ask Eddy Curry, Scottie Pippen, Latrell Sprewell and Antoine Walker.

So this is a troubling sign. It shows the players expect, and are preparing for, a work stoppage, which would impact those who love basketball.

Of course, that means you and me could be without hoops next fall.

There is hope: Commissioner David Stern and Players Union leader Billy Hunter have until July 1st to establish a Collective Bargaining Agreement more suited to the current economic climate.

Time is running out, though. Labour strife is on the horizon. Why else would the players save money?  

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

4-6 teams interested in Antoine Walker and The Shoulder-Shimmy

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.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In the words of the late rapper The ODB: ‘Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay’.

This is the only way to describe a potential comeback by Antoine Walker. After all, Walker is known for celebrating a big basket with a shoulder-shimmy celebration that would have made the good folks on Soul Train proud.

Unfortunately, he’s also known as the multi-skilled All-Star who became a puffy and selfish three-point gunner. And he’s also known for blowing through career earnings of around $120 million and declaring bankruptcy.

If in shape, focused, and committed to defense, Walker could help a team. The early signs are good: he’s been humbled enough to train with Rick Pitino, his former coach at Kentucky and Boston.

Perhaps a happy ending is in order for Walker. And perhaps we'll see his shoulder-shimmy soon.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amen to ‘Team Tyreke’

"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.

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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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Tuesday , May , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Eddy Curry needs Suzy Orman

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.

Shimmy Fans, Rejoice: Antoine Walker Attempting NBA Comeback
Friday , May , 07 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

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: 

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Naked Pictures Leaked of Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives
Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Naked Pictures Leaked of Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives

It's not just NBA players that are getting caught out when it comes to private snaps going public. (Click to read about Greg Oden's doodle, George Hill's premature problem and Dorell Wright's shortcomings.) Now it turns out that Evelyn Lozada, the ex-fiancée of Antoine Walker currently appearing in VH1's Basketball Wives, took some naked photos of her own. While it's unknown exactly how long ago they were captured and sent to that special someone, they hit the web very recently and have been widely disseminated since then. All that is known is that they originated from a man she previously dated to whom she sent the photos in confidence. As we've learned recently, though, it's not too uncommon for such shots to find their way out into the wide world.

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