Kemba Walker speaks on Tony Parker’s jersey retirement ceremony with Spurs
Everything’s set for Tony Parker’s jersey retirement ceremony. Some of his closest teammates will be there, the fans will be just as loud as they were when Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili had their turns, and AT&T Center may be packed all through the night. Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker could only wish that he will be there to watch the future Hall of Famer’s number get raised to the rafters.
Michael C. Wright and the media informed him of the upcoming ceremony in San Antonio. He immediately gave a response that made a lot of Spurs and Charlotte Hornets fans squeal on the inside.
Celtics PG Kemba Walker is tight with Tony Parker from their time together last season in Charlotte. Told about Parker's coming jersey retirement on Monday, Walker said, "Damn, I wish I could be here for that."
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 10, 2019
The two became close friends last season, which turned out to be the final season in Charlotte for both point guards. Parker led the Hornets second unit and had a respectable final season, averaging 9.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists on 46% shooting. Meanwhile, Kemba had an incredible swan song for the Hornets last season at 25.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists a game.
One huge proof of their closeness was during Parker’s final game in San Antonio. Parker was incredibly nervous about playing his former team, and his Hornets teammates liked him well enough that they played hard to get the victory for him. Parker immediately hounded his teammates and asked them why they couldn’t play like that every road game.
The Celtics will be playing the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center, so Walker will be more than 200 miles away from the ceremony. While he cannot make the retirement, he can at least send him a text to congratulate him once again for a legendary career.