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At this point, that assessment from Antoine Walker seems questionable at best.

"It" would appear to refer to Walker's present situation in Minnesota, in which he was unable to work out a buyout deal amenable to both him and the team, and as such, it looks like he will be spending the season's final six weeks rolling with the Timberwolves.

Of course, Walker's continued presence in town could also mean more comments like the following, as reported by the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda:

"I didn’t want to be put into this situation, I got traded into this situation," he said. "So it’s just unfortunate. I’m disappointed. I like to play; this is what I love to do and I’m not being allowed to do it, so it hurts. I’m going to be professional about it. This is a great group of guys. I’m going to be practice and if I’m called upon to play, I’ll play…It’s going to be a tough six weeks."

Eesh.

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Over the past several weeks, Walker has bemoaned his lack of playing time on numerous occasions.  He has shamelessly trumpeted his services through the press to the so-called potential suitors that aren't really out there, and he has made it abundantly clear that he would rather be playing for any one of those imagined suitors.  Meanwhile, 'Toine hasn't exactly gone out of his way to avoid implying that he somehow deserves better than what he has in Minnesota these days.

Despite the "great group of guys" line, if this is what qualifies for professionalism these days, well, suffice it to say that this would be a disheartening reality.