Bring Back Antoine

Okay.  Calm down.  Breathe.  Before anyone has a stroke from reading those three words together in a sentenced without a big glaring “DON’T” in front of them, I am in no way suggesting that Antoine Walker should be on the court in green and white again AS A PLAYER.

But this is a man who’s dug himself in deep #@&% through generosity and his naive young mind supporting over 50 of his friends and family during his playing days.  As for his gambling issues, Antoine is not a minority with his addiction.  I’m sure there are many NBA players lighting up the casinos with the belief that their wealth is infinite.  A few hopeful and failed business ventures, and Walker no longer looked at as a former NBA All-Star, but a broke slum lord.  With his real estate business falling into an abyss of bad financial ventures.  When his court hearing came around on June 14th, 2010, Antoine had almost $1 million dollars of debt owed to a Vegas and filed a large bankruptcy claim.

The Boston Celtics, as of today, have just signed another former player, Delonte West.  As everyone knows, West himself has a whole slew of personal problems from his weapons possessions to bipolar disorder and whatever else has been hidden from the blogging world so far.  So apparently,  the Celtics don’t have an problem with one, giving formers players a second chance, and two, trying to work with personal issues.  Now once again, I’m not suggesting that Antoine returns as a player, but last year we saw the Celtics organization basically make up an executive position.  Has anyone ever heard of a “Director of Basketball Developtment” and does anyone actually know what he does?

I don’t think it would be the worst thing if the Celtics would put Antoine in a position on the bench, and give him a little assistance paying off that debt of his.  Even those his days as an effective NBA players may be over,  Walker’s finest quality on the court, in my opinion, was his leadership ability.  If he was able to motivate the moody, stubborn Paul Pierce of the early 2000’s, I believe he can still help this current team’s morale, and the Celtics can help his financial situation.

I say the C’s should reach out to Antoine for all of his dedication to the organization, the city, and us, the fans.  We should never forget that.

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  1. Garrett

    September 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I love Antoine! Been a fan since he was at Kentucky….bring him back! hahaha

  2. David Acosta

    September 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Ima come out and just say it…..I wanna see Toine in a Celtics jersey again.

    The shimmy guys…..the shimmy.

  3. Hunter Thomas


    September 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Toine was my first favorite player so I’ll always have love for him. I would be fine with him coming back in any way.

  4. Jamie Canu

    September 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I like Toine, I feel bad he is in a rough place.

  5. Dustin Chapman

    September 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I think another role Antoine would do well in is broadcasting. He was always a great interview, knows the game (probably speaks it much better than he plays it at this point) and I can’t stand Donny Marshall. On top of that, saying that Tommy is senile is like saying Shawn Bradley is tall.
    Whether it be in the studio or by Mike’s side in the arena, I think Toine would do a nice job.
    I’ll always have love for Antoine. I even still wear my Toine jersey every once in a while. If he doesn’t land himself another contract, I’d love to have him a part of the organization in some way.

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