The biggest semi-Celtics related news this morning involves Antonie Walker inching closer to a training camp invite. While this is pretty much the epitome of “non-news” considering there is no way Walker makes a team for anything more than a ten day contract at some point during the season, it is still compelling.
Walker’s fall from grace (from $100 million dollars to nothing) is hardly unheard of (just ask MC Hammer) but his attempted comeback seems unprecedented. The knock on Walker throughout his entire career has been his inability to stay in shape, which happens to be the Achilles heel to most former All Stars (that and gruesome injury and “offcourt issues”) . Similarly, most people that fall this far out of the limelight and their former tax bracket tend to keep a low profile for fear of public ignominy (just ask MC Hammer). This makes the latest news on Walker all the more puzzling. Not only is he trying to get back into the league, but this rumor is actually gaining steam. Per Marc Stein:
“So it certainly made some sense when word reached Stein Line HQ on Sunday night that Toine is expected to arrive in Charlotte this week to stay with Bobcats center Nazr Mohammed, his buddy and fellow Kentucky Wildcat, and join in daily pickup games at the Bobcats’ facility leading up to the start of camp on Sept. 28.
Emphasis on some.
Despite Walker’s Charlotte connections, one source close to the situation says that the three-time former All-Star has no assurances from the Bobcats that he’ll be extended an official opportunity to stay for camp and attempt to make their team, no matter how far he goes back with Bobcats boss Michael Jordan. It is not yet known whether Walker can score that invite with a successful tryout in Charlotte, after a recent Twitter posting from John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal hinting at that possibility.”
While it is not yet known whether Walker can score an inivite to training, what is also equally unknown is whether or not Walker can still score the basketball in an NBA game. Call me a cynic, but there is no way Walker makes the Bobcats or any other NBA team out of training camp. It’s still a little baffling that Darius Miles has received interest from any team. Even more baffling is that Antoine Walker and Darius Miles making NBA comebacks are more prevalent than Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury.
The most important aspect of Stein’s report you have to understand is that THE REGULAR SEASON CAN NOT COME ANY SOONER! Oh man the dig days of the offseason are so tough.
Who do you think would make the best addition to an NBA roster: Anotine Walker, Darius Miles, or Allen Iverson? Assuming “none” is not an acceptable answer.