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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Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.