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04/29/2014

Former Mavericks tragedy case could be a fascinating film

Its-the-comeback-kids-llc-all-rights-reservedIn a pro career that lasted more than 10 years, according to www.probasketballreference.com, Antoine Walker made $108 million. He lost it all.

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Walker and Tony Delk on Oct. 20, 2003 in exchange for Raef LaFrentz, Chris Mills and Jiri Welsch and a first round pick. Trading LaFrentz remains the greatest achievement in the Mark Cuban era.

In his one season with the Mavericks, Walker played 82 games and averaged 14 points and 8.3 rebounds.

On Aug. 4, 2004, the Mavs traded Walker with Tony Delk to the Atlanta Hawks for Alan Henderson and Jason Terry. Walker eventually landed with the Miami Heat, where he won a title ... on the Mavs' home court, no less.

Later in his life, he got into trouble with the law, gambled too much, and discovered that being  generous with his money cost him big. Walker apparently got his life back together, and has made a movie about his rise and fall.

The documentary "Gone In An Instant", is scheduled for an August 4 release.

In the film, former teammates and coaches interviewed are current Mavs forward Shawn Marion, as well as John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Nazr Mohammed and others. Should be an interesting study of sports tragedy porn.

 

 

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