Re: Antoine can still do some good things on the court, let's bring him to camp at least...
posted at 9/15/2010 12:50 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Antoine can still do some good things on the court, let's bring him to camp at least...
[QUOTE]Sorry, Toineson... I appreciate your enthusiasm for Walker but I think your passion is misdirected. Do you remember when Walker was asked why he took so many 3's he famously answered, "Because there aren't any 4's"? Walker was happy to take low percentage shots that had the higher PAYOFFS... I think there's a parallel with Walker's offensive strategy and his gambling problem. The thing that was so frustrating to me about Walker was that back in the day, he had talent. He could move well for a big man and had great passing skills. But he played little defense and misused his talent. Remember when Walker was in the 3 Point Shootout and came in dead last? You would think that might have sent a message about his 3 point shooting ability, but Antoine refused to acknowledge it. The Celtics need smarter players than that.
Posted by jeffreyu679[/QUOTE]
Keep a few things in mind...
1). In 2001-02 Antoine Walker led the NBA in minutes played... if he was really such a poor defender then I find it even more remarkable that Boston was third in the league in opponents' field goal % that season. True, he wasn't a great defender and relatively speaking wasn't the most athletic or that good of a leaper, but I don't think he was as big of a liability on this end of the court as many like to portray him as.
2). Keep in mind Jim O'Brien's preferred style of play (which proved to be effective... bombs away!)... In 2002-03, Walker and Paul Pierce both had effective field goal %'s at 45%, indicating that they were both gunners. An undrafted rookie (J.R. Bremer) was forced to start half of our games at point guard that year... so Walker was essentially our point forward, I mean we were pretty hard up for talent around our dynamic duo--and with no point guard to set them up, it's not surprising that Walker shot 32% from three that year and Pierce shot 30%. Walker was oftentimes playing hurt and trying to do as much as he could to help us win. http://hoopshype.com/columns/walker_osullivan.htm
"He is the player he is because of sheer desire. He has willed himself to be an all-star." 100% agree with this.
Yeah, there's probably zero chance Ainge brings him to camp, but I still maintain that he is exactly the kind of understudy we would want in the playoffs; someone with championship experience who is not afraid of the big stage. And I still believe that if we had Walker in game 7 to play 5 minutes to spell the regulars when Garnett was gassed, Perk out, Sheed's back acting up... that we would have won it all.