Antoine Walker's broke, but not broken

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Antoine Walker's broke, but not broken

Antoine Walker's star has fallen, far from the high life of the NBA; fans know it, decision makers know it, he knows it.

Part One of Greg Dickerson's two-part interview with Antoine Walker

The fall was quick, catalyzed by gambling debt and money squandered in bad real estate deals. It is the attempted climb back to the show that separates Walker from others.

The former Celtics All-Star now plays for the NBDL's Boise Stampede, a team typically reserved for youthful players hoping to latch on with an NBA franchise. That goal also belongs to Walker, 34, who believes he can still contribute in the world's greatest basketball league.

He has shown flashes in the NBDL, scoring over 25 points in a handful of games for the Stampede. But the competition is considered watered-down, and NBA executives have their reasons for being wary of Walker's reformation -- the off-court issues outlined above.

And while he waits for a call that may never come, Walker works with his young Boise teammates, facing those fans eager to heckle a fallen star and the reporters armed with cynical questions.

"I've been blessed and had a wonderful, wonderful life," Walker told CSNNE's Greg Dickerson. "Am I going to be living on the street? No. That's some misconception that people think."

Walker lives not on the street, but in a two-bedroom apartment in Boise, Idaho. He would leave it behind for any of the NBA's 30 cities.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Is trading for Paul George worth the risk?

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0:41 - Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles recap their thoughts on drafting Jayson Tatum and trade rumors involving the Celtics.

6:21 - Ian Thomsen joins BST to discuss if it would be worth trading for Paul George as a one-year rental and if there would be a chance he could still around long-term if traded to Boston.

11:13 - Evan Drellich joins BST to talk about Rick Porcello’s outing, the Red Sox offense coming to life, and Doug Fister being claimed by the Red Sox. 

15:10 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely look back at the Celtics/Nets trade, what the assets have turned into, and if Danny Ainge has done a good job turning those assets into players. 

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

Jae Crowder was liking a lot of negative tweets while Paul George rumors swirled

While rumors were swirling about a possible Paul George deal on draft night, a bunch of people were tweeting at Jae Crowder, ready to send him to Indiana in a deal.

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Crowder, who isn't shy on social media, liked the series of tweets, perhaps saving them as motivation for later.

Crowder had a couple noteworthy moments on Twitter this past season. The first was when he fired back at Celtics fans after the TD Garden cheered for Jazz forward Gordon Hayward. He also exchanged comments with Devin Booker after the Suns guard's 70-point game against the Celtics