On this day in Boston Celtics history, former Celtics forward Antoine Walker was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1976. Walker played his varsity ball at the University of Kentucky, where he won a NCAA title in 1996, and he was drafted by the Celtics. with the 6th pick of the NBA draft in 1996.
Walker was a first-team All-Rookie in his inaugural NBA season, and he reunited with college coach Rick Pitino when the former Kentucky coach took over as head coach. and president of the Boston team the following season. The Chicagoan played eight seasons with the Celtics in two stints.
He played seven seasons with Boston in his first stint, during which he was voted to three All-Star teams before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
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Walker played one more season with the Celtics, 2004-05, after being traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
In 2005, Walker was dealt in one of the biggest trades in league history, a five-team deal that sent him to the Miami Heat, where he won an NBA championship.
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Walker averaged 20.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during his time as Celtic over the two stints.
Employee Number Eight – as he was known – still holds a place in the hearts of many Boston fans.
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Finally, it was also on this date in 2020 that the NBA circulated a memo on the rules of the so-called Orlando bubble to maintain the safety of the largely isolated grounds in which the league was ending the 2019 NBA season. -20 after the pandemic derailed the game for four months.
Players could have up to four guests (this limit may be exceeded for children) whom they previously knew, with this latter restriction included to minimize the potential for distractions, under terms agreed to at the time by the league and the National Basketball. Players Association (NBPA).
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This excluded people with whom the players had business dealings like chefs, tattoo artists, coaches and agents, and required seven days of quarantine before being allowed to mingle with others on campus. NBA.
Players were entitled to one ticket per match each available for those friends and family, with up to one additional seat for a child in an effort to minimize risk. These guests were unable to travel to theme parks and were restricted to the Disney NBA campus.
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