Former Boston Celtic Antoine Walker announced his retirement from basketball on Saturday night in the Idaho Stampede locker room following their win against the Bakersfield Jam, according to a team statement.
The 35 year old is expected to make a formal retirement announcement in the coming days. Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports first reported Walker's retirement.
Walker, a 12-year NBA veteran, joined the Stampede (NBA Development League) last season
and played 87 games for the team. He entered Saturday's game averaging 9.5 points, 4.9
rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game and scored six points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3PG) and four rebounds
in 20 minutes in the win.
The Celtics selected Walker with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played over
seven seasons with the Cs and also suited up for the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami
Heat, and Minnesota Timberwolves during his time in the league.
In addition to being known for his shimmy, Walker also became known for his bankruptcy troubles off the court.
Former Celtics and current Raptors forward will is expected to miss “extended time” to begin the season due to foot surgery, according to a report from The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Sunday that Sullinger, who signed with Toronto after being let go by Boston this offseason, was set to undergo surgery on Monday.
Chosen 21st overall by the Celtics in the 2012 draft, Sullener spent four seasons in Boston, where he was repeatedly stalled by injuries. In his career with Boston, Sullinger averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
The C’s made him a qualifying offer at the end of the season when he was a restricted free agent, but renounced the offer and let him become unrestricted. Sullinger then landed in Toronto on a one-year, $6 million deal.
DeAngelo Williams is not a Patriots fan. The Steelers running back took a shot at Bill Belichick back in February, and in July, after Tom Brady accepted his four-game suspension for Deflategate, Williams said he was happy the Patriots were going to be running into issues to start this season.
“I am glad they got problems. I don't care,” Williams said at the time. “Everybody has their problems, and I am glad they have theirs.”
Williams' most recent dig at the Patriots is a confusing one. It's clear he had an idea. He probably even thought it was a funny idea. The execution, though, was . . . lacking. Instead of a production put on by a multi-millionaire, the video he tweeted on Saturday looked more like something written and shot by a couple of third graders then slapped up on YouTube.
The timing of Williams' video is a little odd given that Williams is out for Sunday's game due to a knee injury. He also earned some very high praise from Belichick earlier this week so you'd think he might be willing to hold off on the gratuitous Deflategate crack.
"DeAngelo Williams, I mean he led the league in rushing the two weeks where he played earlier in the year when he had a lot of carries," Belichick said. "He’s had a tremendous career. Really one of the all-time great careers statistically. He’s been tremendous."
His filmmaking career, though? Not so much.