SQUANDER $110 MILLION Antoine Walker was the MC Hammer of basketball. Having accumulated more than 110 million bucks during his 12-year, shot-happy NBA career, the former Celtics captain — and team record-holder for most 3's in a season — apparently rolled with an entourage of 70 or so hangers-on and bought his mama a 10-bathroomed mansion.But now all that money's gone, and, according to a report in the Boston Herald, Antoine owes creditors roughly $4 million. After he wrote a million dollars in bad checks to casinos and paid back only $178,000, Vegas cops nabbed Walker in July of 2009. Antoine should have bet against himself — he'd be rich.
FUCK WITH NIKE It ain't hard to forget a guy like Nate Driggers, who played only one season in the NBA for a Celtics team that ended the 1996-'97 campaign at a dismal 15-67. But Driggers became unforgettable after he was arrested in 2009 following an allegation that he was selling counterfeit Nike Air Jordans in his Chicago shoe store. When cops came knocking, they also discovered 10 pounds of grass, worth $30,000 — which comes out to roughly one thousand bucks per point Driggers scored while on the Celtics: 36.
COMMIT RAPE Shouldn't this go without saying, guys? Following a home game in 1993, former Celtics forward Marcus Webb took a woman to his Waltham condominium and forced anal sex on her. Weeks later Marcus was popped by cops while practicing at Brandeis University, and charged with first-degree felony rape. Making matters worse, earlier in the week his baby-mama had accused him of attacking her, too. Webb pleaded down his rape charge, serving a mere 30 days for aggravated assault — but the C's kicked him to the curb instantly.
RIDE A GOOFY THREE-WHEELED MOTORCYCLE UNLESS YOU'RE THOROUGHLY STRAPPED No one is sure just what former/current Celtics guard Delonte West was thinking that fateful night in 2009 when he cut off a cop while speeding in a three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle near his home in Maryland. But after the fuzz found three concealed weapons on West — a Beretta 9mm, a Ruger .357, and a shotgun slung over his back in a guitar case — it was quite obvious what the then-Cavalier player was thinking: "I'm fucked!" Since joining the Celts, Delonte seems to have cleaned up his act. But now that he's out with a broken wrist, he's got time on his hands. Delonte, please keep your shooting to the court, okay?
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Jo Jo speaks
Celtics great Jo Jo White — who wrote the foreword to Hubbard's book — was front court with Hubbard at Barnes & Noble in the Pru last week to greet fans, sign copies of the book, and submit to an impromptu interview.
How'd you get involved with this project?
I got involved to help people understand the ins and outs, the nuances, of why the Celtics organizations have been so great. It's in the people. A lot of organizations can put players together, but not a lot can put teams together. Read the book, you'll see what I mean.
Who'd win — you or Rondo?
Rondo? [Snickers jovially.] Against me? I would have chewed him up. I wasted players like him all the time. But he's still learning . . .
Think the Celtics can do it this year?
Hell, yeah, they got enough to go the distance this year. They've come ready to play, and have the ability to dictate the outcome of games. Watch out!
Scott Fayner grew up in Newton idolizing the Celtics of the '80s. This is his first attempt at sports writing, and he hopes he did a good job. Currently living in Waltham, Scott spends his time writing about sex and dogs. But never at the same time. He can be reached at email@example.com.