In my never-ending quest to entertain Celtics fans everywhere, I came across Scoop Jackson’s interview with one of the more polarizing players to ever wear a Boston Celtics jersey, Antonie Walker.
You see, Walker is the feature of the documentary, Gone In An Instant, which will be released in 2015. The film focuses on Walker’s basketball career, which included an NCAA championship, three NBA All-Star appearances . . . and the subsequent loss of around $100 million.
Here’s a preview of Jackson’s sit-down with ‘Toine:
Scoop: Is there a bigger message to this film than what you’ve been through, than it just being “the story of Antoine Walker?”
Walker: I think the bigger message honestly is that we all as athletes, myself and probably 80 percent of the league, come from the same walks of life. We all come from poor backgrounds, and when we make it, we all have that same mentality of what’s important to us once we get our hands on some money. It’s crazy, from my generation to the younger generation, we all — the first thing we want to do is get the big house.
Scoop: Even if it ain’t for you!
Walker: Yeah [laugh], we want to get the big car, we want to get the nice watch. So those things are all things that we think about and create into our lifestyle automatically. Things that are very expensive, things that are going to eat up our income right away. We have to change that culture, that way of thinking. We can get those [material] things, but let’s build. Let’s wait until we have $10 million sitting in the bank before we go out and get a $50,000 or $100,000 watch. When we sign for a million, we don’t need a $100,000 watch, but we do it backward. I think my story and this film will show them that, “Yeah, you are going to have access to all of those things, and those things are nice,” but one day, it can add up and be very detrimental to you in the end.
Check out the official teaser trailer of the documentary, and then enjoy a trip back in our Celtics time machine as you listen to ‘Toine’s interview with Stephen A. Jackson on ESPN’s 30 For 30 back in 2012.