Ex-NBA star went from $108 million to bankruptcy

He’s working on “Gone in an Instant,” a documentary about his personal boom-to-bust tale. He was named to the All-Star team three times and won the top prize in pro basketball with the Miami Heat in 2006.

“I gave them whatever they wanted and spoiled them.

Walker filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Walker quickly became a basketball superstar.

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Cars, jewelry and homes: As with many other sports stars, instant wealth meant instant luxury for Walker. That’s how you lose your wealth real bad at the beginning,” Walker said.

The hope is that these “real-life parables” from Walker and Scott will educate the younger athletes, Drew Hawkins, head of Morgan Stanley’s global sports and entertainment division, told CNNMoney.

1) Get the word “no” in your vocabulary when dealing with friends and family. We had a ton of undeveloped real estate. “You can still enjoy your life to the fullest, but let’s preserve some of that wealth for your kids — and for their kids,” Walker said.

“These individuals are forced to make decisions as teenagers and these decisions impact them for a long time,” said Hawkins. A year later he pleaded guilty to felony bad check charges, according to court filings. You can’t do that,” Walker said. It went bad.

“I created a very expensive lifestyle.

Before the age of 20, he had won the NCAA basketball championship and was selected by the Boston Celtics as a top pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. The banks wanted their money back,” he said.

“We got caught in the recession.

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Real-life parables: Now that he’s out of bankruptcy, Walker is working to educate future sports stars.

Given his humble beginnings, Walker wanted his friends and family to enjoy his riches as well.

CNNMoney (New York) First published July 24, 2015: 9:29 AM ET

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Real estate firm goes bust: The real catalyst, Walker said, was the Great Recession.

But like many professional athletes who experience a sudden explosion of wealth, it was all gone in an instant. Walker and former NFL linebacker Bart Scott recently teamed up with Morgan Stanley Global Sports & Entertainment to bring real-life lessons to today’s players. He estimates he helped about 30 people move to “better situations.” He gave cash to many of them — often without holding them accountable. “Be prepared to use that word a lot,” he said.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Walker had unwisely put up his personal financial portfolio as collateral.

But first Walker had to figure out how he went from fat NBA paychecks to financial rock bottom. Walker didn’t serve jail time due to a plea agreement, but the former NBA star was ordered to pay off gambling debts.

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Thanks to his on-the-court success, Walker made more money playing the sport he loved than he could even dream of when he grew up in a poor Chicago neighborhood. Instead of thinking about the future, he spent lavishly on cars, jewelry and homes.

“I thought I was set for the rest of my life,” Walker told CNNMoney.

2) Think about the future, not just the here and now. Despite pulling down more than $108 million during his career, Walker filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010, just two years after retirement. “It ended up being an open ATM throughout my career.”

He also lost large sums of money gambling, although Walker insists this wasn’t the main cause of his financial collapse and that media reports are overblown. He ended up being forced to pay back about $20 million to banks. “My story is sad.

Advice for today’s stars: Walker has two simple pieces of advice he hopes the younger generate walks away with. The economic chaos caused the implosion of Walker Ventures, his Chicago real estate firm. It’s sad to see other guys work so hard throughout their life — and then they just lose it in two or three years.”

That’s why Walker, now 38, is now working to steer young athletes away from the mistakes he made.

As part of his gig with Morgan Stanley, Walker recently spoke to athletes at Boston College and the Seattle Seahawks about his mistakes

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