Tag:Antoine Walker
Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:59 am
 

Shootaround 9.13.10: 'Toine's got an invite

Bobcats aggressively looking to move Damp, the Magic's new arena is smarter than you, and Oden's progress going slow. Posted by Matt Moore

The Bobcats have what their GM is calling "probably one of the most valuable contracts in the league " in Erick Dampier. Dampier's contract is a non-guaranteed, voidable deal for $13 million, meaning a team can dump one or several players for Dampier, then waive him and clear off money immediately. If the Bobcats can find a taker, they might be able to solve some of their considerable problems. Like the fact that they have no viable point guard in place. You know.... that.

Speaking of valuable partially guaranteed expiring contracts, Magic Basketball takes a look at whether Vince Carter can be moved this season by himself for a wing upgrade. The prospects are not great.

Most new arenas are nice. But the Magic's new arena is smart . They're able to target advertising in real-time, flexible responses, and the ticket systems can load cash for concessions if ticket gift-givers want to provide a meal along with the basketball.

There's an unwritten rule, one that should be written for a lot of first-time credentialed press members from team blogs, that you don't root in the press box. Unless, apparently, you're abroad for an international competition .

Samuel Dalembert is not so much a fan of the Canadian national team's coach . Okay, that's kind of an understatement. To say that he pins all their problems on Leo Rautins would be more accurate. Dalembert has had a year with what happened in his home country of Haiti. This is just one other failure he's venting about.

Greg Oden will not be in attendance during team scrimmages this week. I know, you're shocked. Try and lay down for a bit to deal with this news.

Antoine Walker has actually been invited by a real life NBA team to participate in some practices and scrimmages. The Bobcats have made no assurances he'll make it even to camp, though.

Andre Iguodala reflects on the entire FIBA World Championship experience and winning the gold.

Guess who's available? Pops Mensah-Bonsu! Contract rescinded, back on the street , ready to come in and play five or six minutes at a time with rebounds and missed dunks at your disposal. Kidding aside, Bonsu's a solid bench player that deserves a run.

The NBA just inked a deal with a Spanish bank for $100 million for sponsorship across the NBA, WNBA, and the D-League. That's a pretty big chunk of change. The league keeps talking about losses, and keeps ratcheting up big deals.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:08 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Antoine Walker is still trying to play basketball

Posted by Royce Young

This summer saw some unlikely free agent moves and some older players have trouble finding a home. Guys like Shaquille O'Neal and Tracy McGrady had some issues finding a suitor, while Allen Iverson is still drifting waiting for a call. So when a guy like Antoine Walker decides to come out of retirement, it's pretty safe to say the best chance he has of getting on a roster is by finding a spot on the coaching staff.

But according to his uncle Chico Walker, a former Red Sox player, "four to six teams" have expressed interest in Walker. Plus, Uncle Walker says Antoine has dropped somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 pounds working out at Louisville under former college coach Rick Pitino and is hungry to make a team. If I'm guessing, you can bet Walker has made a couple (or a hundred) calls to Pat Riley for a spot on the Heat. Walker actually spent two seasons in Miami from 2005 to 2007.

Walker isn't THAT old at 34, and was always a deep threat. But what does he have left? He was playing internationally last year and was dropped from the Puerto Rican league after appearing in only eight games and hitting just 22 percent from 3. The last time he appeared in an NBA game was 2008 with the Grizzlies. He may have slimmed up but that doesn't necessarily mean he's still got it.

Obviously Walker's motivation is cash money. He recently filed for bankruptcy and is now working to pay back the $1 million a judge said this summer he must pay some Las Vegas casinos. He's had issues in his past like a DUI charge, but maybe this attempted comeback means he's straightened things out and is looking to turn a corner. As Chico mentioned, "[Antoine] 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.”

If Walker even gets a camp invite, that'll be an interesting story to keep an eye on. And if he's learned lessons and is serious about getting right financially, then Walker could be someone worth rooting for.
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