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Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2006

Again in ’96, SLAM Journal was in a position to get rookies Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Marcus Camby, Steve Nash, Antoine Walker, Jermaine O’Neal, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Kerry Kittles and Antoine Walker to pose for one of the vital standard SLAM covers ever!

Just one downside, Allen Iverson was lacking!

The place the heck was he?

“He most likely was late man,” joked Antoine Walker on the Heavy Reside With Scoop B Present.

Heavy on Celtics With Ex-NBA All-Star Antoine WalkerFormer NBA All-Star and NCAA and NBA champion Antoine Walker joins host Brandon “Scoob B” Robinson to speak concerning the NBA playoffs, the Celtics’ championship odds, and extra.2020-09-07T21:10:20Z

“So what lots of people don’t perceive is that once you go to the Draft, it’s a complete week course of. They take you on the market every week earlier than; you’re on the market doing the picture shoot, the media…you’ve got so many issues occurring and I feel he simply was late man, and so they simply received bored with ready and it was a kind of little issues that he was late for; since you received all of the buying and selling card corporations on the market, you’re taking all these pictures on the aspect of simply being enthusiastic about being on the Draft. So all of these issues performed a component. So I feel that’s the place I feel he was at.”

The 1996 NBA Draft class was particular. It additionally included Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Peja Stojakovic, Malik Rose, Samaki Walker, Tony Delk, John Wallace and Walter McCarty.

“I’m very happy with it,” Antoine Walker tells Heavy Reside With Scoop B.

“From high to backside and we are able to argue if you’d like and folks argue with me on a regular basis – from high to backside and even going into the second spherical, I feel we had THE MOST impactful gamers in any Draft. EVER. You realize, and that’s not me being biased. It’s simply me that Draft’s resume.”

Walker was Boston’s sixth total choose within the 1996 NBA Draft out of the College of Kentucky. A 3-time NBA All-Star, he was a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie workforce in 1997.

Walker’s expertise actually shined within the eyes of many when the Celtics paired him with Paul Pierce.

“It’s an thrilling and particular draft class,” Walker mentioned.

“I imply once you have a look at a number of the particular person accomplishments of only a few gamers of 1: Kobe Bryant, two: Steve Nash; Allen Iverson, Ray Allen…Stephon Marbury is nice, Kerry Kittles, Lorenzen Wright, Shareef Abdur-Rahim was a monster when he performed, Marcus Camby was not shabby in any respect. Jermaine O’Neal was a late first spherical choose… so, we had a lot expertise in that draft. And what’s particular about that ’96 Draft class, all the fellows had been impactful on their groups in their very own approach. When you concentrate on it, at one level or one other, you truly had about fifteen guys that had been the franchise gamers. Most groups don’t get it proper like that once they draft and guys turning into the franchise participant so you bought to place that into perspective too.”

 

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State GOP Chair Allen West calls on Donald Trump to visit Texas before Election Day

Texas GOP Chair Allen West would like to see President Donald Trump visit the state again before Election Day to help rally support for down-ballot candidates, the Republican leader said during a Texas Tribune Festival interview that aired Tuesday.

“I’ve got the message up to him,” West, a former Florida congressman, told the Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. “I’d like to see the president come back to Texas one more time, especially come back to North Texas.”

North Texas has in recent history been ground zero for elections in the state, with clusters of competitive legislative and congressional races peppered throughout the region.

This year, races for the Texas House have come into particularly strong focus for both parties as Republicans look to defend their majority and Democrats aim to gain control of the lower chamber for the first time in nearly two decades. Democrats, fueled by the dozen seats their party picked up in 2018, are effectively nine away from flipping the 150-member House and say they are targeting in November more than two dozen seats, many of which are in the North Texas area.

“We’re seeing the Democrats really focus up here in North Texas, between Dallas County, Collin, Denton and Tarrant County for those state House seats,” West said, also referencing two contested congressional races in Texas’ 24th District and Texas’ 32nd District.

West, asked about the likelihood of a Trump visit, said the congressional district he represented in Congress included three of the president’s properties — and that he knows him “very well personally” because of it.

More broadly, West expressed optimism about Republicans doing well in November, saying he’s “not overconfident, [but] confident” that the party will see better successes this year than it did in 2018. He also said he thinks Trump “will be able to at least maintain” the 9-point margin the president carried the state with in 2016, suggesting that he "may even exceed it.” Recent polling has shown the race between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, is much closer than that in Texas.

West, who won the race for party chair in July, has at times openly disagreed with how Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has handled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps most notably, West joined a lawsuit spearheaded by various Republicans challenging the governor over his extension of early voting for the November election — the latest legal challenge to Abbott’s emergency powers during the pandemic.

West emphasized during the interview that he was about “the rule of law” and said he would be fine giving Texans more time to vote, so long as that was a decision made by the Legislature and not the governor.

“We live in a constitutional republic, not a constitutional monarchy,” West said. “We cannot live in a state where an executive believes that they can change established law by themselves. … We have a process that is in place — you call for a special session of the Legislature, they can debate this issue, they can vote on this issue.”

Asked about pursuing higher office in the future, such as a run for governor, West laughed before saying: “Hey, I just want to be a humble and obedient servant. You’re trying to stir the pot, brother.”

2020 Texas Tribune

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