Toine Time

As Antoine Walker steps up his game, the Celtics rise in the standings.

Updated: March 1, 2001, 10:28 PM ET
By Peter May | ESPN The Magazine
As Antoine Walker steps up his game, the Celtics rise in the standings. As seen in the March 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

There has never been a doubt about the magic Antoine Walker can work on a basketball court. And there has never been a question about the qualities that kept him from achieving greatness: his own selfishness and immaturity. Now, we find out, there was nothing more necessary to bring out the best of his talents than Rick Pitino stepping down as coach and Jim O'Brien stepping in. "Coach Pitino got in your face," Walker says. "Coach O'Brien treats you straightforward. He's not going to yell at you. He's mild-mannered-but you respect him."

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Peter May

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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