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Ex-Celtic Walker arrested in casino

Staff and Wire Reports / July 17, 2009
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Former Celtics forward Antoine Walker was arrested Wednesday night in Harrah’s Casino in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., NBC Sports reported.

The arrest came a day after a warrant was issued stemming from Walker’s $822,500 in gambling debts. He faces three felony counts of writing bad checks. Prosecutors say he failed to make good on 10 checks totaling $1 million written to Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, and the Red Rock Resort.

Walker, 32, was reportedly led out of the building in handcuffs, and his bail has been set at $87,000.

Walker took out gambling markers at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, and Red Rock Resort worth $1 million from July 27, 2008, to Jan. 19, 2009. Walker paid back $178,000, but now also owes $82,550 in fees to the district attorney’s office for executing the criminal prosecution requested by the casinos.

Walker last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008.

Walker earned nearly $100 million in a 12-year NBA career, leaving the University of Kentucky to join the Celtics as a 20-year-old for the 1996-97 season. The next year, Walker was named an All-Star. After two more All-Star seasons (2001-02 and 2002-03), Walker was traded to the Mavericks in 2003. He was traded to the Hawks in 2004 and returned to the Celtics for a 24-game stint at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Walker then was dealt to the Heat and served as a reserve forward as Miami won the 2006 title. He played the 2007-08 season with the Timberwolves but did not hook on with a team last season, although he hasn’t retired.

Walker averaged 17.5 points in 893 career games. With the Celtics, he averaged 20.6 points per game, fourth on the team’s all-time list. Walker played in 552 games for Boston and holds team records for 3-pointers attempted in a season (645) and in a game (17) and 3-pointers made in a season (222) and in a game (9, twice).

He was often criticized for taking too many shots, and once, when asked why he took so many threes, he uttered the famous quote: “Because there aren’t any fours.’’

Two years ago, a car, cash, and jewelry were stolen from Walker’s suburban Chicago home while he and a relative were bound at gunpoint. In January, Walker was arrested on charges of drunken driving in Miami Beach.

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