Bill Walker in the NBA playoffs
HUNTINGTON — Bill Walker of the Boston Celtics is the Tri-State connection to the NBA playoffs.
Walker, a Huntington native, appeared in 29 regular season games for Boston on its way to a 62-20 record and first place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
Boston and the Chicago Bulls begin a first-round playoff series Saturday.
O.J. Mayo of Huntington, a first-round draft pick, scored 18.5 points a game as a rookie guard, but the Memphis Grizzlies missed the playoffs with a 24-58 record.
New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, a former Marshall University point guard, is also sitting the playoffs out. The Knicks were 32-50.
Walker is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward and a second-round draft choice by the Minnesota Timberwolves who traded his rights to the Celtics.
He averages 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds.