Antoine Walker has become a posterboy for squandering a pro sports fortune. The former NBA star famously earned $108 million over his successful NBA career but retired almost penniless.

Two years after leaving the NBA, Walker filed for bankruptcy.

Theories for his financial fallout abound. Rumors swirled of Walker's intense gambling habits, as well as his tendency to give money to greedy relatives.

But Walker revealed to CNN Money that the truth is far simpler -- and more understandable: his investments went belly-up.

Walker had invested heavily into real estate, he tells CNN, and at maybe the worst time in history to be doing so.

"We got caught in the recession. We had a ton of undeveloped real estate," Walker tells CNN. "It went bad. The banks wanted their money back."

Compounding those failures was that Walker borrowed money against his own personal collateral. When his investments failed, he had to pay $20 million of his own money to the banks.

Walker, who played for the Boston Celtics in his prime but also won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat, did have family members come to him seeking financial advice -- about 30, he tells CNN.

His story has become a cautionary tale that the NBA teaches to incoming rookies at an annual rookie camp designed to instill better spending habits and to help those players make better decisions as professional athletes.

But Walker's family borrowing didn't cause nearly the amount of financial ruin as previously thought.

Walker, to his credit, has put himself back together financially. He now works for Morgan Stanley as a financial adviser to help athletes avoid making his same mistakes.

Fresh off the success of his performance in "Trainwreck," LeBron James is expanding his foothold in Hollywood. Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that it has a deal with James' production company, a development that opens the door to his involvement in movie, TV and other media projects.

But let's forget about all the rest of this fluff and focus on the thing that matters: A possible -- even likely? -- "Space Jam" sequel.

Yes, James' deal covers a lot of different things and could carry plenty of implications, particularly after his involvement in the Starz drama "Survivor's Remorse" last year.

But Warner Bros. owns Space Jam, and it's all-too-coincidental that just a few days before the announcement, the company filed new trademarks covering basically every kind of Space Jam merchandise you could imagine:


So yeah, it's not a sure thing, but there's a heck of a lot of smoke right now.

Fans, meanwhile, are experiencing strong emotions. Understandable, given that a generation of adults can point to Space Jam as one of the foundational movies of their childhood.

Some people are excited, some people are confused and think the sequel should star Kobe Bryant -- an opinion that is no less than five years past its expiration date.

The vast, vast -- vast -- majority, however, is outraged. A cursory glance through Twitter uncovers hundreds, if not thousands of Chicken Littles worked into a panic that the sky is falling.




Condolences to those people who didn't see this coming.

In reality, the "Space Jam 2" movie could be an even bigger production than the original. Last week, Blake Griffin offered a sneak peek of his new basketball shoe, the Jordan Super Fly 4, which pays homage to Marvin the Martian with a green, red and black design.

Even if Blake's shoes and LeBron's deal aren't directly related, one thing seems clear: Warner Bros. sees the Space Jam franchise as an extremely lucrative opportunity.

So even if a new movie isn't imminent, you have to think it's inevitable.

Los Angeles is a long way from Indiana. For Roy Hibbert, the culture shock has surely come in the form of paparazzi that follow him around and ask him inane questions at all hours.

Occasionally, though, an enlightening -- or at least entertaining -- moment comes from these tedious interactions.

As he left a building recently in L.A., Hibbert revealed to TMZ an intriguing challenge he faces as a man standing more than 7 feet tall. Surely there are many plights to choose from.

Hibbert's quick answer: Roller coasters.

"I can't go on any roller coasters," Hibbert says to TMZ, noting that it's been years since he's gone to a Six Flags or any other amusement park.

No doubt, while other children went on death-defying loops and plunges through the air overhead, Hibbert was stuck riding the nearby merry-go-round on a seat so short he had both feet planted flat on the ground.

Don't feel too bad for Hibbert: As a very tall man who also happens to be very rich, he avoids some of the more troubling height-related challenges suffered daily by the laypeople.

As anyone taller 6 feet can attest, the legroom afforded coach passengers on airplanes is oppressive enough as it is.

Hibbert would have a heck of a time fitting his giant limbs into those tightly packed spaces. Lucky for him, he's sprawled out somewhere in first class, if not a private jet. It's a hard life, but it's not that hard.

Drake's slow takeover of sports has added yet another notch to its belt: The rapper reigns as the most popular selection for walk-up music in Major League Baseball.

According to Billboard magazine, Drake songs were selected as the official walk-up music by 17 different MLB players.

AC/DC finished in second, with 14 selections, followed by Jason Aldean at 13. Jay-Z and Big Sean rounded out the top five.

The most popular Drake songs used for players' pre-batting routine were "6 God" and "Energy," from his latest album released this February.

And, if that weren't enough, Drake appears in 13 more walk-up selections throughout Major League Baseball as a guest artist on the song.

If there's any chink in Drake's armor, it's the discovery that his music wasn't well-supported by his hometown Toronto Blue Jays. Only one player from the team currently uses Drake music for his walk-up track. It's Dalton Pompey with "Know Yourself."

Some other interesting takeaways: The single-most popular walk-up song is "Blessings" by Big Sean featuring Drake. Miguel Cabrera, who currently leads MLB in batting average, prefers a collaboration between Kanye West and Jay-Z.

By and large, the music preferences tend to fall into three camps: Rap/R&B, country and AC/DC.

Special shout-out to Bryce Harper, who approaches home plate for every batting appearance to the country-folk hit "Wagon Wheel.

But back to Drake: Now that Meek Mill has called him out and accused him of using a ghostwriter to pen his songs, it'll be interesting to see whether his support grows stronger among MLB players, or whether they switch to a different batting anthem.

In response to widespread criticism that the team provides terrible customer service to its fans, the Washington Redskins have rolled out a new strategy aimed to give fans some of the best access and benefits seen anywhere in the NFL.

A team press release apologized for the sub-par gameday experience at FedEx Field, and promised a series of new measures that will provide a better experience for everyone.

One of the more interesting wrinkles: Season-ticket holders will receive in-game notifications on player status updates letting them know whether injured athletes will be coming into the game. As the press release hypes, these alerts "as well as news of team signings during free agency, trades, draft picks, and other transactions all season long via the Redskins Mobile App – even before the NFL or the media!"

"You took the time to tell us what you want," general manager Bruce Allen wrote in the release, according to the Washington Post. "We listened and will continue to listen to make our game day experience the best it can be."

Other features will include:

-- The team marching band's return to its previous location in the lower level of the stadium.

-- Increased staffers in parking lots and inside the stadium, helping control traffic and direct fans to where they're trying to go.

-- More engaging use of the stadium's video board.

-- The team's official radio broadcast will now be synced with TV broadcasts, so fans can watch the game while listening to the radio's play-by-play.

-- A loyalty program will let fans accumulate points and redeem those earnings for memorabilia and other prizes.

-- Pre-game drinks sold at the stadium's pavilion will feature discounted "happy hour" pricing.

By and large, it looks like a good effort to accommodate fans and give them what they want. If the team doesn't turn it around on the field, though, none of this will matter much -- Washington fans are restless, and their patience is wearing thin. Since beating Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI in January 1992, Washington has won just three playoff games with the most recent coming in the 2005 season.


Donald Trump has been touting his net worth of $10 billion, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questions whether that will actually help the real estate czar in his campaign to be the GOP presidential nominee.

In comments he posted through his Cyber Dust app, Cuban called Trump a "paper tiger." Here are highlights as compiled by the Dallas Morning News:

-- Let's say you own a painting that gets appraised at 10 billion dollars. That gives you a net worth of 10 billion. But that does not mean you have a lot of cash

-- In fact it’s possible to be worth billions, but not be able to pay your rent

-- And the one thing about the race for the Presidency is that it takes a lot of CASH

-- Not net worth. Cash. Cash. Cash

-- We have yet to see Trump spend much on building an organization, which. Is critical to getting votes. We have yet to see that he has raised money from supporters.

-- After all who feels the need to donate money to a guy who says he is worth 10 billion dollars?

In a subsequent Cyber Dust session, Cuban followed up by writing that part of him hopes Trump becomes president just for the comedic potential:


As the Dallas Morning News also cited, Cuban and Trump have a history of dissing each other.

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In one corner, you have the all-time Lakers lineup of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Shaquille O'Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In the other corner sits the Chicago Bulls' all-time greats: Derrick Rose, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant.

Naturally, Shaq thinks his team would win big -- "by fifty," he writes on Instagram.


We would beat em by fifty "what you think". Let me know and don't hold back

A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O'NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

Scottie Pippen begs to differ. He made his case in a sharp rebuttal.


Then Shaq brings it the heat with the worst photo-shopping job you've ever seen:


"Sorry @scottiepippen I don't believe in hypotheticals either, but I seen most of those final you did ok, but this guy did most the work," Shaq writes. "#youwereok steve kerr and Ron harper deserve more credit than you."

Shaq fires another round:


Anybody need a T MOBILE SIDEKICK. I GOTTa PRETTY GOOD ONE #BESTSIDEKICKEVER

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But don't feel bad for Scottie. He's more than capable of defending himself. Evidence:


Speaking of being a sidekick... if I recall correctly you know a thing or two about that as well. @shaq

A photo posted by Scottie Pippen (@scottiepippen) on

To be continued.

It's been 20 years since the Angels had to deal with a rainout, so forgive the club if they're a little unsure of what to do when things get wet.

Sunday's rain-delayed game created the need for a doubleheader Monday. Problem: The grass was still wet, creating inhospitable conditions for playing two straight games of baseball.

Mother Nature wasn't doing the job of drying out the playing surface, so the Angels called in the police. And the police brought a helicopter.

Amazingly, this is not the first time the Angels have resorted to drying-by-helicopter. According to Boston.com, the team brought in two choppers to dry out the field ahead of Opening Day in 1998.

"It scatters and does help dry, with the power," said Tim Mead, Angels vice president of communications, to Boston.com.

In fairness to the Angels, the chopper-drying worked well enough: Monday's first game started on time, and they walloped the Red Sox.

Taxpayers might not be thrilled, but the police helicopter gets the job done.

The 2002 MLB All-Star Game finished in a tie. It was a result so offensive that it led to commissioner Bud Selig's decree of using the result of future All-Star Games to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. As a practical matter, that ensures there won't be any more ties in the All-Star Game.

But from an entertainment perspective, MLB could learn something from the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday.

With the game tied 4-4 after nine innings and no one in favor of a tie, the game looked like it was headed for extra innings. However, the powers that be came up with a better solution than running the risk of overworking pitchers.

They decided to have a Home Run Derby shootout to decide the winner. Each team picked three batters to take one swing, but neither team could hit a home run. That meant a sudden-death, Home Run Derby commenced. Thrilling, right?

Here's video of the awesome tiebreaker.

Maybe the idea isn't foolproof, because the shootout did go 11 rounds, but coaches did the pitching, so pitchers weren't jeopardized. Reading Fightin' Phils outfielder Brian Pointer won it for the Eastern Division.

However, 11 rounds of a Home Run Derby beats a tie any day.

Deflategate has been the subject of many late night talk show zingers the past few months, but Jeopardy! offered an older Patriots reference Wednesday night.

In the "Before and After" category, the show provided this clue:

The answer was "Who Is Peeping Tom Brady?" and as you might suspect, Patriots fans got pretty heated. Maybe it was unintentional, but this clue evokes the Patriots/Spygate flap of 2007.



Some, including NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, are not buying the anti-Patriots conspiracy theory. They might be right.


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