Celtics’ Jayson Tatum says Kemba Walker got ’emotional’ following tribute video
The 2019-20 Charlotte Hornets have been surprisingly feisty to start the season, but they have a far different feel from teams of years past – mostly due to the fact that longtime point guard Kemba Walker is no longer on the team.
Walker — who played eight seasons with the Hornets and was even drafted back when the team was still the Bobcats — opted to sign with the Boston Celtics this offseason after it was revealed that the Hornets weren’t even willing to offer a maximum contract to the three-time All-Star.
On Thursday night, Walker’s new team played his old one, and he was given a warm ovation when he was announced, as you would expect. According to Walker’s new teammate Jayson Tatum, the longtime Hornet was quite emotional after viewing the tribute video that his former organization had prepared for him:
Jayson Tatum on Kemba Walker’s tribute video: “He got emotional, as he should. He gave that organization everything.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 8, 2019
Walker’s Hornets career was about as decorated as a player’s career with one team could possibly be. The 29-year-old veteran holds an absolute glut of Hornets all-time records, including leading them all time in win shares with 48.5 per Basketball Reference.
Beyond that, Walker is the all-time Hornets franchise leader in points scored (12,009), minutes played (20,607), field goals made (4164) and attempted (9962), three-pointers made (1283) and attempted (3589) and free throws made (2398) and attempted (2871).
The Celtics — Walker’s new team 00 are certainly enjoying the veteran’s presence, as he has led the team to a 6-1 record, and the team is rolling right now on a six-game win streak.
Though Walker is no longer on Charlotte, his time there will never be forgotten.