Walker trying to regain elite status

Updated: June 1, 2004, 3:23 PM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
While Shaquille O'Neal was diving after that loose ball in the most important game of the year for his team, Antoine Walker was watching on TV.

When Ben Wallace grabbed 24 playoff rebounds for the Pistons, Walker must have shook his head in disbelief.

The former all-star, former all-rookie selection and national champion at Kentucky is sitting on the couch these days, watching the NBA playoffs and wondering if there is still a place in this league for a long-range shooting point-forward.

"Somebody had to take the blame in Dallas," said an Eastern Conference scout who happens to be in the same room. "So they pointed to the new guy with the biggest contract and blamed Antoine."