A celebration is in order for Antoine Walker’s 41st birthday. Â The only way to properly celebrate the Kentucky National Champion and NBA Finals winner’s birthday is with his signature move, the shimmy.
In two years at UK Walker averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Â Named SEC Tournament MVP as a freshman in 1995, Walker was arguably Rick Pitino’s most explosive athlete on the 1996 National Championship team.
A member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame, he was selected sixth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Â A three-time All-Star in Boston, he won a championship with Dwyane Wade, Shaq and the Miami Heat in 2006. Â He last played in the NBA in 2008.
Now an SEC Network analyst, Walker will return to town in two weeks to play in the UK Alumni Charity Game. Â To see Walker and other UK Legends in action, get your tickets here.
Walker isn’t the only former Wildcat born on August 12. Â Today Gerald Fitch turns 35. Â Ranked No. 24 on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,391 points, Fitch is one of only two Wildcats with at leastÂ 1,300 points, 500 rebounds, 225 assists & 150 steals in a career. The second Wildcat to surpass that career milestone is another Tubby Smith swingman, Keith Bogans.