Antoine Walker (born August 12,1976 in Chicago,
Illinois) is a professional basketball player with
the Miami Heat in the National Basketball
Association. He has played for four different
teams during his NBA career.
Walker grew up in Dolton, Illinois and attended
Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, the same
school as current several other professional
sportsmen including Philadelphia Eagles
quarterback Donovan McNabb, Chicago Bears tackle
Steve Edwards, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive
end Simeon Rice. He was a key factor in the
University of Kentucky Wildcats 1996 NCAA Men's
Division I Basketball Championship-winning team.
As a freshman at the University of Kentucky he was
named SEC Tournament MVP. In his sophomore year
Antoine was named All-SEC First, All-SEC
Tournament and to the All-NCAA Regional Teams.
After his sophomore season he declared for the
1996 NBA Draft and was picked sixth overall by the
Boston Celtics. Walker teamed with Paul Pierce to
help Boston play at a standard reminiscient of its
1980s heights, and was selected for several
National Basketball Association All-Star
Game|All-Star Games during this time.
Nine days before start of the 2003-04 season, he
was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He played in a
relatively limited capacity due to the plethora of
high-caliber players at his new team, including
homonymous Antawn Jamison, newly acquired from the
Golden State Warriors. On August 8, 2004 Walker
and Tony Delk were traded to the Atlanta Hawks for
Jason Terry, longtime Hawks member Alan Henderson
and a draft pick. On February 24, 2005, Walker was
traded back to the Celtics in a deal that sent
Gary Payton (basketball)|Gary Payton, Tom
Gugliotta, Michael Stewart (basketball
player)|Michael Stewart, and a first round draft
pick to the Hawks.
On August 2 2005, Walker was involved in a 5-team,
13-player deal (the largest trade in NBA history)
that sent him from the Celtics to the Miami Heat.