Antoine to Boise

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Antoine to Boise

Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker is expected to be assigned to the Idaho Stampede on Tuesday. The Stampede have called an afternoon press conference to introduce Walker.

Walker, 34, played 12 seasons in the NBA, most notably with the Boston Celtics, and made three All-Star appearances. Walker averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds with Boston, Atlanta, Miami and Minnesota after being the No. 6 overall pick out of Kentucky in 1996.

Walker has not played in the NBA since being waived by Minnesota in 2008.

Plagued by financial and legal trouble in recent years, Walker is attempting to get back into the NBA. In 2009, he was charged with three felonies for writing bad checks at Las Vegas casinos totaling nearly $800,000. Walker filed bankruptcy earlier this year with more than $12.7 million in debts.

Walker practiced with Charlotte earlier this year, but did not earn an invitation to training camp. He signed with the NBA Development League on Friday after passing a background check.

He is on waivers until Tuesday. The Stampede have the No. 1 pick in the waiver wire as a result of having the last pick in the draft this year. The team will use its waiver position to claim Walker.

Famous for his post-shot “shimmy,” Walker was one of the Celtics’ best players in the early part of the decade. He averaged more than 20 points per game in five of his first seven seasons in Boston. Walker, at 6-foot-8 and 224 pounds, led the NBA in 3-point attempts for three consecutive seasons. He is a 32.5 percent shooter from 3-point range in his career. Walker won’t be the only Stampede player trying to get back to the league after a long absence. Guard Salim Stoudemire, who has been out of the NBA since 2008, is averaging 16.6 points per game.

The Stampede have a history of luring big-name players to Boise. Former NBA players Lloyd Daniels, Spud Webb and Jayson Williams have suited up for the franchise, which began play in 1997.

Walker will be joining a winless team. The Stampede and first-year coach Randy Livingston fell to 0-7 on Monday night with a road loss to Bakersfield. Newly additions Carlos Wheeler and Dontell Jefferson led Idaho with 18 points.

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shimmy shimmy ya
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WOW is that former LSU player

WOW is that former LSU player Randy Livingston coaching the team?

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Am i the only person that use

Am i the only person that use to think that Antoine Walker was a better player in 2000,2001& 2002 than Pierce? smh

If so,Blame it On being Young & Stupid...

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yeah toine was a better

yeah toine was a better scorer, but pierce had the better overall game. Plus he was the heart & soul of those teams and still is.

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Mildon Ambres

Out of all the players that got called up from the Stampede (Patti Mills, Anthony Tolliver, Colby Karl, one of the twins from UAB) last year, I thought the guy who was the Most Improved Player in the league, Mildon Ambres should've gotten a call up. 6'7 230lb guard/forward who can play inside and out.

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