Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse for Antoine Walker, Employee Number Eight is back in the news for another turn of public humiliation. This time, he’s been cut from the Guaynabo Mets, the Puerto Rican team he has been playing for during the past few months. Since the link I just posted is in Spanish and — for all I know — might say, “Antoine Walker is the greatest player ever to play in Puerto Rico; greater even than Carlos ‘The Magician’ Arroyo,” here’s ShamSports, describing the release:
But Antoine wasn’t a fringe NBA player. He was, a star, an All Star, a big name, one of the biggest names in the game. While it is sensible and normal for Dan Langhi to be earning his living [in Puerto Rico], it represents a massive fall from grace for Walker.
Former All-Stars should not have to scrap for a living once their NBA playing days are over; instead, they should just slink off quietly, and waltz into a steady studio job with a major network. Not Antoine, though. He’s having to do something he’s never done in his career before – grind. It’s unsightly, unbecoming and unattractive for a man who once had so much.
And now it’s gotten worse; Walker has been released by his team.
According to Sham, Walker had been averaging 28.8 minutes, 12.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Decent numbers, yes, but not what the Guaynabo Mets expected out of the shimmying, former All-Star they made the highest-paid player in the Puerto Rican league.
Poor Antoine. Literally and figuratively. Can’t the Celtics sign him, just as a bit of charity for a player who once meant so much to the C’s organization? He could shoot ill-advised threes, play lazy defense, and act like he was allergic to rebounds. Come to think of it, that sounds quite a bit like a player to whom the Celtics will pay $5 million both next year and the year after. Yikes.