Remember when Antoine Walker was the shimmy king when he was a Boston Celtics All-Star
Where the heck did it come from?
“To be honest man, it wasn’t something that I just laid in the bed and thought about,” Antoine Walker told me on the Heavy Live With Scoop B Show.
“I was just in college. I like to have fun. We used to always dance and play and do all type of things. You know when you’re in school with your teammates and in a game one day; I played the game with a lot of emotion. I just start… and I just did it one time and that was really hard to because we were a pressing team back in college, so you gotta get back in the press [laughs] and I just did it in college and Coach told me, “Look. You can dance all you want. I have no problem with it, but have to make sure that you get in that press.” So if you look at some of old college footage, I used to do it in college. So it came from school. It just took me a while to have the balls to do it in the NBA, that’s all.”
— Corey B (@CoreyB08) February 21, 2020
Boston’s sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky, Walker was a three-time All-Star and a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie team in 1997.
Walker’s talent really shined in the eyes of many when the Celtics paired him with Paul Pierce.
The duo of Pierce and Walker blossomed during the 2001-02 season when the Jim O’Brien team boasted a 49-33 record and made their first NBA Playoffs appearance in seven years. Walker’s stat sheet was amazing 22.0 points and 5 assists per contest.
The Celtics made it all the way to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals, but would eventually lose in six games to a talented New Jersey Nets team that was guided by Byron Scott and featured Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Keith Van Horn and Richard Jefferson.
Now in 2020, the Celtics are again in the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics currently trail the Miami Heat 0-1 and have a cast of young vets that includes Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum.
Tatum averaged 23.4 points, seven …read more