Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Will Antoine Walker Ever Grow Up?
Well it didn't take long for Antoine Walker to screw up again. Walker along with Smush Parker and Earl Barron arrived on the first day of Miami Heat training camp out of shape. All three players failed to meet Pat Riley's conditioning standards and were not allowed to practice.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little unfair to Walker by singling him out. Yes, he had a rough offseason when he was robbed at gunpoint in his hometown Chicago. But this guy has been a screwup ever since he arrived here. Last year he shot 20 percent from 3-point range and under 50 percent from the foul line while playing mediocre defense. Yes, he was part of the Heat's championship team two years ago. But for the love of God, you're making $8 million to play basketball for a living. The least you can do is keep yourself is decent condition instead of snacking on butterfingers and M&M's.
Pat Riley is known for his maniacle training camps. No player, including Shaq and Dwyane Wade, is allowed to practice unless they meet Riley's fitness standards by maintaining a certain level of body fat. Walker, Parker and Barron all knew this. Walker especially should know better, since he's been with the Heat the longest of the three. Walker should just dress up as the Hamburglar for Halloween because all he's been is a payroll bandit.