Antoine Walker
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Former NBA star Antoine Walker spent seven and a half seasons with the Boston Celtics and was one of the main stars of the team through that period.

Although he didn’t win a championship in Boston, he was a three-time All-Star during that time. Walker won his sole NBA ring with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in 2006, but, in people’s mind, he is associated with the Celtics.

According to Joe Johnson, who has recently committed to represent Team USA in AmeriCup qualifiers, Walker’s jersey should be retired by Boston. It is his past with the Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge that keeps the team from retiring his jersey, Walker told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson last September.

“I think Toine was a different type of player at that time. He was 6’9 or 6’10 really like a point and power forward. His vision was great, he could shoot it and make plays. That is the pro-typical big nowadays like if you can’t shoot the three. You better be a lob threat, but Toine was a guy that ran pick and rolls. He was one of the first point-power forwards,” Johnson said on the NR Hour Podcast as transcribed by Landon Buford.