The wiggle is making a comeback, though if you want to see it you will need to head to Idaho.
Sources are reporting that former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker will be trying to regain his lost stardom and money by joining the D-League’s Idaho Stampede.
Walker hasn’t played professional basketball since he was cut from the Guaynabo Met in Puerto Rico after Mets general manager Marcelo Garcia criticized his conditioning and productivity. Walker averaged 12.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in eight games with the Mets. His last time in the NBA was during 2007-08 season when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Life has not been good for Walker as of late. He filed for personal bankruptcy six months ago, claiming $12.7 million in liabilities and $4.3 million in assets. He is also awaiting a court date on the felony bad check charges steming from writing bad checks to three Las Vegas casinos. That trial has been moved to May of next year.
Walker signed with the Boston Celtics in 1999 for $71 million and earned close to $110 million during his NBA career. Now he is hoping to earn $25,500, plus housing and health insurance.
I miss watching the wiggle and hope he is able to showcase himself in the D-League. The sources are saying Walker has lost up to 25 lbs and is in far better shape then he was while playing in Puerto Rico. There was a chance that Walkers friend Michael Jordan was going to invite him to the summer league for the Charlotte Bobcats but that never panned out.
If Walker is going to make it back to the NBA this is going to be his only chance. At 34 years-old he is the second oldest player in the D-League but a second opportunity is not out of the realm of possibilities. During his 12 seasons he averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds and has always been a threat from 3-point range.
If he is actually in shape and taking this seriously, why wouldn’t a team like the struggling Miami Heat, who need a shooter, take a hard look at him? As a fan I hope this works out and I hope to see the wiggle on an NBA court soon.