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Antoine Walker working out for NBA comeback. No, seriously.

May 5, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

Antoine Walker needs money. Desperately. And the NBA pays very well.

So, you can guess what he’s thinking. We’re all thinking this is a bad and sad idea. But he’s thinking money. Walker is working out with the University of Louisville because one can always dream of a comeback. The Associated Press has the details (via Ball Don’t Lie).

Louisville coach Rick Pitino says Walker will work out with several Cardinals over 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….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.

Walker owes some Vegas casinos close to $1 million as part of a settlement deal. That’s a lot of scratch, so he’s trying to play basketball to get it back.

I am resisting the urge to mock this because it’s tragic and sad. Time has passed the former All-Star by. Remember that this year he went to the Puerto Rican league and was sacked after playing just eight games where he averaged 12.1 points per game on 41 percent shooting and 22 percent from three. He shot just 52 percent from the free throw line. It was not pretty. Guys who can’t score in and get cut from the Puerto Rican league rarely make he leap to the NBA. Especially those who will be 34 next season.

I guess he’s got to try. But this is not going to end well. Sadly.

  1. Jimsjam33 - May 6, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    Maybe a good agent could wholesale a good second team to the Lakers or Magic . They both need one . Antoine Walker a very talented 6’9 small forward in his day would be the foundation for the second squad. Let’s add recently backrupt Rick Mahorn at the power forward position . Can he still play ? Who cares as long as his elbows and bad attitude still work .
    At the point ? How about AD ? You know I can’t even remember his name . You know the guy who use to play for the 76ers in the day .
    How about a center. I hear Keith Closs needs a job and at 7’3 225 lbs . can still do a thunder dunk or two .
    Maybe Chuck ( I’m sorry ) Charles Barkle should join the team .

  2. Mike - May 6, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    Keith Closs????
    Nice Keith Closs Reference!

  3. GWL - May 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    I rather have Robert Horry on my second team instead of this loser.

  4. BC - May 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    All Derrick Coleman All The Time!

  5. alan - May 6, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    When are some of these idiots going to do some smart financial management? Take 10% of their monster salaries and buy dopey annuities so when they retire, they have a stead stream of income? The NBA and players association need to get together and make it mandatory. Even the killer OJ has an annuity.

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