Tag:Idaho Stampede
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 3:17 pm

Walker gets 5 years probation for Vegas debt

Posted by Ben Golliverantoine-walker

Employee No. 8 won't become Inmate No. 8, at least not yet.

The Associated Press reports that former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker was sentenced to a 5-year probation term and was ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution to multiple Las Vegas casinos as part of a case that he plead guilty to back in June.
Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $770,050 in restitution to three Las Vegas casinos after pleading guilty to failing to repay gambling debts.

Prosecutor Samuel Bateman says the felony charge could be dismissed if Walker fully repays the debts incurred in 2008 and 2009 at the Planet Hollywood, Red Rock Casino Resort and Caesars Palace casinos.

He faces a year in prison if he violates probation. 
The Las Vegas Sun reports that Walker had nothing to say about the matter on Tuesday.

Walker, wearing jeans and a gray sweatshirt, was in Clark County District Court on Tuesday morning but did not speak at his sentencing. He declined to comment after the hearing.

Walker, 35, was recently waived by the D-League's Idaho Stampede, although he is reportedly set to rejoin the team at some point later this season. The average salary in the D-League is $35,000, meaning that his Vegas debt bill would take 22 years worth of salary in the American minor league to cover (disregarding taxes).  

He last played in the NBA during the 2007-2008 season. A three-time All-Star and a member of the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat, Walker retired with career averages of 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. His 12-year NBA career included stops with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Posted on: November 23, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 3:38 pm

Antoine Walker waived by D-League team

Posted by Ben Golliverantoine-walker-sad

Employee No. 8 has been asked to clean out his desk and turn in his badge, at least for now.

The D-League's Idaho Stampede announced on Wednesday that former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker did not make the team's final 10-man roster cut and has been waived. The team's press release cited "personal reasons" for the decision and noted that the Stampede still hold Walker's D-League rights.

Walker's release comes roughly one year after Walker made the decision to mount his NBA comeback in the American minor league. In 43 games during the 2010-2011 season, Walker averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Stampede.

Walker, a notorious high-roller as a player, earned more than $108 million in NBA salary yet was forced to plead guilty to writing bad checks after accruing more than $750,000 dollars in Las Vegas gambling debts.

On Monday, RidiculousUpside.com reported that Walker had not yet reported to the Stampede and had plans to host parties in Chicago when the Stampede was scheduled to play the Dakota Wizards in North Dakota. The site reports that Walker may join the Stampede later this season.

Walker, 35, last played in the NBA during the 2007-2008 season.  A three-time All-Star and a member of the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat, he retired with career averages of 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. His 12-year NBA career included stops with the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Posted on: June 28, 2011 7:36 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 7:56 pm

Antoine Walker pleads guilty in Vegas debt mess

Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker pleaded guilty in a Las Vegas gambling debt mess. Posted by Ben Golliver. antoine-walker

The trials and tribulations of Antoine Walker have added yet another chapter.

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas Sun reported that Walker, a former NBA All-Star who played for the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, among other teams, pleaded guilty to felony charges in Nevada over unpaid gambling debts reportedly totalling more than $750,000.
Professional basketball's Antoine Walker pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges Tuesday morning in Clark County District Court.

“Being put on probation, he’ll have a court order to pay the restitution to the casinos,” said Deputy District Attorney Sam Bateman.

The criminal complaint was filed in the summer of 2009, when Walker failed to pay back gambling debts at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and the Red Rock Resort. He pleaded not guilty to six felony counts related to drawing checks without sufficient funds with attempt to defraud in June 2010, before changing his plea Tuesday.
In November, word surfaced that Walker, 34, was headed to play for the Stampede, where he averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 43 games this season.

His expressed goal of playing in the D-League was to hook on with an NBA team for a final run. He last played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2007-2008 season and was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies in Dec. 2008 without appearing in any regular season games. Since then, he played professionally in Puerto Rico.

Walker was known for his extravagant spending during his NBA career, reportedly amassing a large collection of automobiles and multiple houses.

This is how the decade-long party ends. With lawyers vacuuming up every last dollar bill.
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:15 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:20 pm

Antoine Walker to make D-League debut Wednesday

Former NBA all star Antoine Walker is set to make his D-League debut. Posted by Ben Golliverantoine-walker A few weeks back, we noted that former NBA all star Antoine Walker was ready to attempt a comeback in the D-League, the NBA's minor league that's usually filled with young, up-and-coming NBA hopefuls. Walker hasn't played in the NBA since the 2007-2008 season, when he piddled around in limited minutes for the Minnesota Timberwolves and then headed off into the sunset, to play in Puerto Rico. On Wednesday night, Walker is set to make his D-League debut for the Idaho Stampede. According to the Idaho Statesman, Walker views the D-League as a path back to the big show.
“My dream is to play in the NBA. I left the game at the wrong time,” said Walker, who has not played in the NBA since 2008. “I want to leave the game on my own merit. … This is the perfect stepping stone to see if I can still be competitive and play at that level.”
Of course, Walker is desperate, in a load of hurt financially. But give him credit for subjugating his ego and embracing the long, cold bus rides that the D-League has to offer.  In this excellent Fanhouse piece, Walker sounds focused and ego-free.
"I've worked out very hard. Starting in May, I went back with Coach (Rick) Pitino at Louisville so I've been at it pretty hard getting myself in shape. Obviously I haven't been able to play a lot of five-on-five because the guys that I was playing against are obviously playing right now, but I've still been able to work out," Walker said. "I'll probably be a little rusty in the beginning because I haven't played competitive basketball in a year and a half. It's going to be a little rough in the beginning, but hopefully it all comes back to me real fast."
"I'm here to play. I came with five or six bags, so I'm here to play," Walker said. "I don't put any sort of expectations on me. I think if I can come out and play and help the team win, I think people will see what I'm worth. I know it's going to be hard and I know it's not going to happen overnight so I don't want to put that type of pressure on myself. I want to come play basketball and let my play speak for itself."
Best wishes to Walker, who has a long -- an impossibly long -- journey to get where he wants to go.  That basketball could still represent the promised land, after all these years and for a man that has been there already, speaks to its unique, intoxicating power. If Walker's only contribution in Idaho is to serve as a cautionary tale for his younger teammates, the trip will have been worth it. At least philosophically. There's still the matter of the millions of unpaid debts, of course, and banks, unfortunately, don't accept intergenerational karma as a payment method.
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