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Antoine Walker announces retirement from D-League

Apr 8, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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For the past couple seasons, a guy named Antoine Walker was playing for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League who looked and sounded a lot like the former Celtic and three-time All-Star.

But if you watched him he was a shell of that former player (which is why he never got another shot in the NBA). He had become a player more known as a cautionary tale of losing money than the Chicago legend who went on to play for storied teams like Kentucky and the Celtics. A guy who picked up a ring in 2006 with the Heat.

Saturday night, at the end of the Stampede’s season, he announced his retirement.

He announced it quietly, in the Stampede locker room, the team announced, a stark contrast to the bombastic player who could score and shimmy with the best of them. He is walking away from the game after a dozen seasons in the NBA and two in the D-League. A formal announcement is expected soon

Rather thank talk about what happened off the court, I will choose to remember the guy who could make the best defenders in the game look helpless.

  1. bhester1906 - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Helpless? Really? He had a few good years but helpless? Ya reaching man…

    • kso1234 - Apr 8, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Career avgs of 18 and 8 over a dozen seasons isn’t exactly “a few good years”. Few players could put up his type of numbers over a career with that kind of versatility.

      • genericcommenter - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        He had nice point and rebound totals. He also spent many of those seasons struggling to shoot 40% from the field and 60% from the line, while committing a lot of turnovers. Not that great for a 6’8 forward.

  2. noirad - Apr 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    That’s owning Dennis Rodman? Oh jeez…….

  3. cdins - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Hahaha helpless. Not a word I would use to describe employee #8. I think i only saw this dude dunk once his whole career.

  4. rgledz - Apr 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    @cdins……is that your criteria for a great player?? How often he dunked? How often did you see Larry Bird dunk…..was Oscar Robinson a big dunker, how about Isaiah Thomas or George Mikan? You just clearly displayed your ignorance and the fact that you think the one trick ponies that dunk alot are by default the best players. I don’t even care less about Antoine Walker, but please come with something better than ” I only saw him dunk once in his career”. Weak.

    • vikingsinla - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Actually, your wrong. ‘Toine was a chucker. Flat out. A volume shooter. He never attacked the rim, so didn’t get the fouls or free throws that affect a game beyond the box score. He settled for J’s. That’s the true definition one-trick pony, so your take sucks.

  5. mtheparrothead - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I don’t even care less? Now your lack of English is just confusing everyone.

  6. lakerluver - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Couldn’t been so much better if he had put in the work.

  7. hojo20 - Apr 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    I think the Celts beat the Bulls that night.

  8. losangelasbasketball - Apr 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Does anyone else think of one grade better than an “F” whenever the “D-league” is talked about? Baseball has semi-pro league games that people actually buy tickets to watch… but they call those games “triple A” or “minor” league games… seems like an odd naming choice to me… lebron traveled..

  9. dexterismyhero - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Fat & stupid is no way to through life son…………………

  10. suhnum1fan - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Antoine should beat up Chad Ochostinko for taking his girl

  11. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    ESPN needs another analyst. They bail everybody else out!

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