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Antoine Walker wants to coach Celtics

WALTHAM -- In the midst of the anticipation of the Doc Rivers-to-the-Clippers deal being declared official by the NBA, a tweet circulated Monday morning from the account of former Celtic Antoine Walker.

“Boston fans its time for me to be the celtics coach !!!!” he sent out three times through his Twitter account.

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Walker confirmed to the Globe that he is indeed interested in coaching the Celtics. While Walker has no coaching experience, it wouldn’t be an unprecedented move: Former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd has just transitioned from being a player to being head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

Walker, 36, is retired from professional basketball after playing in the NBA Developmental League last season and is seeking a job in the NBA. He has had well-chronicled financial problems but has reached settlements with his creditors.

Walker teamed with Paul Pierce for five seasons in Boston, helping the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals in 2002 under Jim O’Brien. He was traded to the Mavericks by Danny Ainge in 2003, and then returned to Boston 16 months later in a trade with the Hawks.

Walker won an NBA title in 2006 with the Heat and finished his career in 2007-08 with the Timberwolves, playing his final NBA game at age 31. Walker was at the NBA draft combine last month, interested in working as a scout or in the front office.

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