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.