Antoine Walker signs with Idaho Stampede

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Antoine Walker signs with Idaho Stampede

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com

Antoine Walker is back in basketball.

This time, it's far from Boston.

Walker signed with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Tuesday.

Boise is the latest stop in a basketball career that began 14 years ago in Boston, and has since been marred with legal troubles.

Walker, 34, played his seven first NBA seasons with the Celtics. He earned three All-Star selections during that time before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2003.

The following season he was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks, and months later was re-acquired by the Celtics.

In 2005, Walker was traded to the Miami Heat, where he won an NBA championship with Shaquille ONeal.

Walker was sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007 and played his last NBA game on February 19, 2008. That offseason he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies but was waived.

He most recently played for the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico before being released in April.

Walker has been trying to get back to basketball after dealing with off-the-court issues, including a DUI, gambling debt, and bankruptcy.

He will return to New England on December 16 and 19 when the Stampede play the Maine Red Claws in Portland.

Walker isn't the only former Celtic in the Stampede organization. Greg Minor, who played three seasons with Walker, is an assistant coach.

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Amir Johnson a game-time decision for Game 4 with shoulder injury

Amir Johnson a game-time decision for Game 4 with shoulder injury


CLEVELAND – Brad Stevens won’t know until shortly before tip-off tonight if he will have to make another lineup change.
 
Amir Johnson, whose right shoulder was injured in the Celtics' 111-108 Game 3 win on Sunday, is questionable for tonight’s Game 4.
 
“It’s better for sure,” Johnson told CSN this morning. “Yesterday, it was hard to lift. Today, I can move it all around. In shoot-around, I’m going to get a couple shots, see how it feels and go from there.
 
He added, “it’s definitely going to be a game-time decision. I’m going to go and shoot around, just to get a feel. And then for the game-time, I’ll shoot around some more, see how it feels and take it from there.”
 
Healthy or not, Johnson being with the starting group is far from a given.
 
The 6-foot-9 veteran has consistently been the first starter subbed out and usually winds up playing the fewest minutes.
 
In Game 3, two of his backups – Kelly Olynyk (15 points) and Jonas Jerebko (10 points) – shined brightly.
 
Here are some other highlights from the Celtics’ morning shoot-around.
 
THOMAS UPDATE: Isaiah Thomas met with a hip specialist on Monday, according to Stevens. “Still collecting information,” said Stevens, adding, “We’ll wait and see or we’ll discuss second, and third, and fourth, and fifth opinions.”

Thomas injured his right hip March 15 and later re-aggravated it in the first half of the Game 2 loss Friday. Less than 24 hours later, he was deemed out for the remainder of the playoffs.
 
He was replaced by Marcus Smart in the starting lineup and Smart responded with a career-high 27 points in Game 3, which included seven made 3’s which is a career-best mark as well.
 
BOUNCE-BACK CELTICS: The Celtics winning Game 3 sent shockwaves throughout the league, especially coming on the heels of a 44-point home court drubbing at the hands of the Cavs. “If you’re in sports long enough you’re going to have clunkers,” Stevens said. “You’re going to have games that don’t go your way. And our guys took seriously the idea of responding and just playing the next possession as well as they could.”
 
ROZIER HOMECOMING: The second-year guard grew up in nearby Youngstown, Ohio (75 miles southeast of Cleveland), so you can expect he’ll have a decent contingent of fans at tonight's game.
 
While he’s all-in for the Celtics, the same is not true of his friends and some family members.
 
“My family does a good job of staying on my side except for my one younger cousin,” Rozier said. “She loves LeBron.”