Kemba Walker says allure of coming to Boston based on competitiveness, winning
Kemba Walker’s move to the Boston Celtics was an unforeseen move that quickly materialized into a feasible reality in a frantic offseason. The lifelong Charlotte Hornets point man left his old stomping grounds after seeing the opportunity to start for the Celtics at the wake of Kyrie Irving’s departure and the potential to compete and win with the storied franchise.
“The competitiveness of this organization … its a winning organization, and I want to win. … I want to get a taste of that,” said Walker, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Walker didn’t do much winning during his time with the Hornets, most recently falling short of the postseason in his last three seasons, despite boasting All-Star honors in each of them.
The Bronx native has been doing a lot of heavy-lifting for a large part of his career, but the upside in Charlotte was minimal at best, after the front office refused to offer him a max contract, despite being qualified to make a supermax after an All-NBA selection.
Celtics president Danny Ainge said the team’s “Plan A” entering free agency was to get Walker and Enes Kanter, who were consequently the first two signings the team made in the offseason.
Kemba Walker is walking into Bean Town with plenty of people excited about what he can bring to the organization, among them, head coach Brad Stevens, who watched him quite up close during his time in college.
“I’ve been a fan of Kemba for a long time,” said Stevens. “Obviously saw him too close and personal at Connecticut.“
The 6-foot-1 dynamo will bring a different dynamic to the team than Irving, one the Celtics have already quickly embraced ahead of the start of the season.