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Antoine Walker doing well in D-League, thank you very much

Jan 10, 2011, 9:09 PM EST

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On the off chance you haven’t caught some of the Idaho Stampede of the D-League this season — what cave have you been living in? — we have a little note for you:

Antoine Walker is playing pretty well. He is averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Dime Magazine has a Q&A with Greg Minor, a former teammate of Walker in Boston who is now an assistant coach for Idaho. He says that the maturity of Walker — both of person and game — makes him stand out at the D-League level.

In terms of his personality, he’s been through a lot. I don’t want to discuss those experiences, but they have helped shape him in a way that has him appreciate life more. Everyone here in the Idaho Stampede family really support him.

I think the most important thing about his game at this level is that his basketball IQ is just so much higher. After 13 seasons in the NBA, a former NBA All-Star, there’s some value in that. I think he still passes the ball really great, and he can get to certain spots on the floor. He’s a presence in the locker room as players gravitate towards him. He’s made it clear that he’s no different that anybody else, and there’s no one different than the team. He’s made guys buy into the want to get to that next level, and guys really respect that.

But can Walker get back to the NBA?

That’s up to him. The amount of time that he puts in, the amount of energy he expends, I think he’s determined. Who wouldn’t want to excel at this level to get a chance to be called up at this stage of his career? He knows the window is closing, and there’s a sense of urgency.

It’s a long shot, NBA teams are going to want real value out of Walker to bring him in as opposed to a young player they might be able to develop. But if his conditioning gets there, this is about all you can ask of him. It would be interesting.

  1. bigtrav425 - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Sad sad sad…I think we all Know david stern aka the head Nazi cares nothing about the players.But he needs t start and start with the rookies learning how to spend/control/save there money.Bring in guys like Walker and others who have lost all there money.There needs to be some kinda pension with the Union to.Maybe 5 percent of there check goes into a pension etc.

  2. metalhead65 - Jan 11, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    are you serious bigtrav? I am suppose to feel sorry for somebody who gambled away a fortune or made unwise investments? you can talk to these kids till you are blue in the face and it won’t make a difference. it’s the same with drugs,how many famous people have to od’ before young people decide that maybe snorting something up your nose or putting a needle in your arm is maybe not such a good idea?same thing with the money,you can try and tell them what to do with it but in the end it is their money and they will spend it on whatever they want with no thought about the future.sorry but with as much as they are making I don’t want to hear any crying over losing money. try living in the real world and losing a job you have had for 19 years and being over 50 and trying to find another one. so pardon me if I do not shed any tears over multi millionaires having to struggle because they did not take care of what they had or won’t be getting paid in case of a lockout. here’s a hint,how about not buying 20 cars and 5 homes you will never use.

  3. hnirobert3 - Jan 11, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    PAY YOUR TAB, ANTOINE!

  4. jamie54 - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Thank you, metalhead65, well said, sir. These guys are pampered enough. It’s time they grew up and faced the real world like billions of other people on this planet.

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