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    Interesting that Walker mentions Artest


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    'Toine, Bird reunite

    Antoine Walker [news] has crossed paths with Larry Bird a few times already during this series, and they've exchanged the usual pleasantries.

    `It's all just `How you doin'?' stuff,'' Walker said before going for 19 against Bird's Pacers in Game 2. ``You know Larry's short for words, man.''

    Between the lines are a couple of basketball guys who would have liked more time together. The two started getting tight when Bird was working for the Celts and they drafted Walker in 1996. Training camp that year was in Greensboro, N.C., and the two were doing extra work together. However, their sessions were cut short.

    Oh, that was sweet,'' Walker said. ``It was great coming out as a rookie and getting the chance to work with a guy like Larry Bird.

    It was unfortunate his mother passed away or I would have been able to spend more time with him. It was great just spending time around him. He was still active then. He was showing me how to shoot. It would have been great if he could have kept working with me on that.''

    The chance might have been there again if any of the trade talks between the Pacers and Atlanta involving Walker had come to fruition.

    `Yeah, there was talk about them maybe doing something with Ron Artest, but nothing ever surfaced out of it,'' Walker said.

    According to Bird, Artest wasn't really in the picture, but he acknowledged trying to bring Walker to Indiana.

    He's a really special player,'' Bird said. ``I remember when we drafted him just looking at all the things he could do. I would have loved to have been there longer with him. And we would have loved to have picked him up from Atlanta. We did talk to them about him.'' . . .

    The Pacers are 0-13 in series in which they lose the opener.

    Charles changes tune

    Charles Barkley reversed field when talking about the Celts on TNT.

    ``You have to give Danny Ainge credit,'' he said. ``They are building that team through the draft and they are going to be fun to watch for the next few years.''

    Kenny Smith called Barkley on it, asking, ``What were you saying about him last year?''

    Replied Charles, ``That he was turning the Celtics into the Clippers.'' . . .

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    It might not be a shock to you, but just the thought if it makes me

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    If Bird had mentored Walker, Twoine would have been a totally different player than the one he was before he left Boston.
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    Antione has changed. Where he used to be a "me first" type of player, he's showing more interest in the team aspects of the game. I guess being buried on the bench in Big D and losing 60+ games with the Hawks will do that to ya. Sometimes it takes a situation like that to realize that the reason the grass is greener on the other side of the fence is because there's a lot of ***** there.

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    I could see us offereing draft picks and one of our near-expiring contracts (Pollard) for Walker this off-season. I like his game a lot better since he's stopped chucking up threes every chance he gets. He's playing a much more team-oriented game now, but I still hate how much he whines.

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    (Or he's playing for a new contract).
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    A new contract...or so he hopes
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    Antione has changed. Where he used to be a "me first" type of player, he's showing more interest in the team aspects of the game. I guess being buried on the bench in Big D and losing 60+ games with the Hawks will do that to ya. Sometimes it takes a situation like that to realize that the reason the grass is greener on the other side of the fence is because there's a lot of ***** there.

    I'm with you on this one, travmil. He really has seemed like a changed player in personality and play. Remember the big rumor of a possible trade of Dale for Antoine Walker back in 1999? Wonder how THAT would have played out? It would have been Dale and someone else to even the salaries out, but conosidering that was the year we went to the finals against the Lakers, would we have still gotten there?

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    I remember that rumor. I would've been fine with that trade. At least it would've been an All-Star for an All-Star swap. Probably the most we could've traded Artest for this season.
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    Larry is not coming back, he didn't have a meeting with Orlando for not reason, yeah he is coming back to the NBA but not to the Pacers, the notion that he is a taking a year off and then come back is absurd.
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    Walker would have to do ALOT to win me over. The fact he's a UK alum means he'd have to average a triple double, shoot 75 percent from the arc, and have no turnovers for the whole season for me to consider cheering for him.

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    What's everyone's opinon now after last nights game?

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    Walker would have to do ALOT to win me over. The fact he's a UK alum means he'd have to average a triple double, shoot 75 percent from the arc, and have no turnovers for the whole season for me to consider cheering for him.
    so you hate Scot Pollard?

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    so you hate Scot Pollard?
    Pollard is from KU

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    so you hate Scot Pollard?
    Wrong K. It means he hated Ron Mercer when he was here.
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    Walker would have to do ALOT to win me over. The fact he's a UK alum means he'd have to average a triple double, shoot 75 percent from the arc, and have no turnovers for the whole season for me to consider cheering for him.
    Can anybody name a Kentucky player that's lived up to the hype? I can't think of any.

    Well, there's Magloire, I guess. But he doesn't count, since UK stole him from Purdue by giving his HS coach a job. ****ing *******s.
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    Can anybody name a Kentucky player that's lived up to the hype? I can't think of any.

    Well, there's Magloire, I guess. But he doesn't count, since UK stole him from Purdue by giving his HS coach a job. ****ing *******s.
    I thought Prince went to Kentucky. If so, there's one.

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    Don't forget Paggett.

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    I thought Prince went to Kentucky. If so, there's one.
    That's right. But I was thinking of all the NBA players they had back in the late '90's. Mercer, Anderson, Walker, Padgett. Who else am I forgetting?
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    Can anybody name a Kentucky player that's lived up to the hype? I can't think of any.
    Rick Robey?

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    so you hate Scot Pollard?
    No pollard went to kansas, Walker is a nastycat.

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    Wrong K. It means he hated Ron Mercer when he was here.
    No actually, Mercer was one of my favorite college players.....the rest i don't care for

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    Can anybody name a Kentucky player that's lived up to the hype? I can't think of any.

    Well, there's Magloire, I guess. But he doesn't count, since UK stole him from Purdue by giving his HS coach a job. ****ing *******s.
    Dan Issel.

    Mashburn's had his moments I guess. There are some others who lived down to their hype - guys you wouldn't have figured on being very good like Padgett and Mohammed.
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    Can anybody name a Kentucky player that's lived up to the hype? I can't think of any.

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    Mashburn and Mohammed were the other guys I was thinking of.
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