Known from movies
|Date of birth||August 12, 1976|
|Fact||(June 27) Traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. |
Who is Antoine Walker?
Born on August 12, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Antoine Devon Walker is a retired professional basketball player, known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He spent most of his career playing with the Boston Celtics before playing on other teams, most notably winning a championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat.
Antoine Walker’s net worth
As of the beginning of 2020, Antoine Walker’s net worth is estimated to be over $250,000 earned through a successful career in professional basketball. Although he had earned more than $100 million from high-value contracts within the NBA, he developed a gambling addiction that eventually left him in debt and bankrupt.
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Early life, education and college basketball
At a young age, Antoine showed great dedication to basketball, constantly training and improving his skills, while dreaming of being a part of the NBA. He attended Mount Carmel High School, where he played alongside Donovan McNabb, who would later become a professional American Football player – it was not uncommon for high school athletes to play multiple sports. Thanks to his stats and achievements, he was offered a full athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky and to play for them, competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.
He played under Coach Rick Pitino during his time there, and he became a starter during his freshman year, when he was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was named to multiple teams and received multiple awards during his two years at the school. He was also part of the 1996 basketball championship-winning team. After his sophomore year, with bright prospects, he dropped out of his scholarship to pursue a career in the NBA.
Early NBA career
Walker declared for the 1996 NBA draft and was selected as the sixth overall pick by the Boston Celtics.
He performed well during his rookie season, despite the team’s poor performance, the lowest they have finished in their entire history. Then Pitino became the coach of the Celtics and put him to good use, leading him to all-star status and reaching high points in many stats. He was joined by future star Paul Pierce in 1998 and formed a talented duo that helped the team reach the playoffs in 2001. They reached the Eastern Conference Finals, but eventually lost to the New Jersey Nets.
The Celtics failed to reach the playoffs the following season and he was subsequently traded to the Dallas Mavericks with Tony Delk. Since the Mavericks had many high quality players, he was barely used while with them and was eventually traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
After spending some time without much attention with the Hawks, he was traded back to the Celtics, where he played the remainder of the 2005 season alongside Gary Payton and Al Jefferson.
Championship with Miami and retirement
After that season, Antoine was then traded in a major five-team deal, the largest in NBA history, which led him to move to the Miami Heat and reunite him with Gary Payton. During his time with the Heat, he primarily played from the bench in forward positions. He quickly adapted to the role and became the team’s sixth man, leading them in three-point shots and shooting percentage. He continued to improve throughout the playoffs, assisting with crucial threes during crucial games in the playoffs.
The team eventually reached the NBA Finals after beating the New Jersey Nets, and in the final series they played the Dallas Mavericks, consistently posting good numbers to take the Heat to the championship in six games, alongside Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. n the following year, he was nowhere near the level of the previous season, and most of his stats dropped. The Heat lost to the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs, then was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and after a year to the Memphis Grizzlies before being waived. After his release, he briefly played in Puerto Rico and the NBA Development League, hoping to get another shot at the NBA, but eventually retired.
In 2000, Walker was spending some time with former teammate and close friend Nazr Mohammed when the duo were robbed after leaving a Chicago restaurant. This would not be the last robbery in his life, as seven years later two criminals discovered the location of his home and robbed him at gunpoint, stealing his Mercedes and about $200,000 worth of merchandise. After the police were called, they found his car although it had been stripped of many of its expensive modifications. Four men were eventually arrested, with two of the criminals having previously robbed celebrities, including former NBA player Eddy Curry.
Recent projects and personal life
Antoine was engaged to reality television personality Evelyn Lozada from 1998 to 2008, but they called things off. She is best known as one of the main cast members of “Basketball Wives”. During the latter part of Walker’s career, he suffered from numerous vices, including alcohol and gambling, in effect losing most of the wealth he had accumulated during his career. He applied in 2010 bankruptcy in Florida, after reporting debts of up to $12.7 million. Most of his real estate and luxury assets had to be sold to cover the debt and bankruptcy lawyer.
Prior to the filing, he had been arrested several times for attempting to write bad checks while spending time in Las Vegas casinos. He had become addicted to gambling and quickly lost as much money as he made from bad decisions. These habits also led to his noticeably diminished performance in basketball as he had also gained weight. Many attribute the problems arising from his breakup with Evelyn Lozada.
With the help of Nazr Mohammed he was able to pay off his debt and after three years he declared that he was debt free. In recent years, he worked as a basketball analyst and was part of the teams for the SEC Network and 120 Sports.
|First and last name||Anthony Walker|
|Date of birth||August 12, 1976|
|Education||University of Kentucky, Mount Carmel High School|
|Children||Crystal Walker, Alana Walker|
|Parents||Diane Walker, Dennis Seats|
|Brothers or sisters||Tywanna Walker, Tobias Walker, Darius Walker, Kenosha Walker, Jarvis Walker|
|Awards||NBA All Rookie Team|
|1||(October 24) Traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. |
|2||(December 18) Relinquished by the Memphis Grizzlies after reaching a buyout deal, approximately 95% of what remains of his $9.3 million salary. |
|3||(June 27) Traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. |
|4||Selected 6th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Played for the Dallas Mavericks (2003-2004), Atlanta Hawks (2004), and a second stint with the Celtics (2005). Won the 2006 NBA title with the Miami Heat.|
|Gone in an instant||2015||Documentary executive producer|
|Gone in an instant||2015||Documentary||Himself|
|The Ricki Lake Show||2013||TV serials||Himself|
|Inside edition||2012||Documentary about the TV series||Himself|
|ESPN SportsCentury||2004||Documentary about the TV series||Himself|
|2003 NBA All-Star game||2003||TV special||Himself|
|2002 NBA All-Star game||2002||TV special||Himself|
|The 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards||1999||TV special||Himself|
|1998 NBA All-Star game||1998||TV special||Himself|