Hornets’ Cody Zeller explains his lemonade stand for Kemba Walker
In an attempt to help the Charlotte Hornets raise sufficient funds for the big money deal they are about to offer soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Kemba Walker, teammate Cody Zeller decided that the best approach would be to set up his own lemonade stand.
This is not a metaphor. The Hornets big man literally set up a small lemonade stand in front of his Charlotte home to try and make some extra dough for his beloved team. However, Zeller did not seem to have had the chance to iron out his business model, as his venture actually resulted in a negative bottom line figure.
“I don’t think I raised any money, with the cost of the poster board and the cost of the lemonade,” Zeller said, via Roderick Boone of The Athletic. “I think I was negative. It was still fun, though.”
Despite how Zeller was ultimately unable to reach his financial goal, the message he sent our here is loud and clear. For him to go through such lengths to be able to make it abundantly clear that he will do close to anything just for Walker to sign an extension is both admirable and hilarious at the same time.
Zeller went on to explain why this is the case for him personally, and how Kemba’s decision will reverberate throughout the entire franchise.
“I try to keep things pretty light, but in all reality it’s a pretty serious situation for all of us,” Zeller said. “I mean, our careers and a lot of the organization to be honest with you depends on what Kemba decides this summer, whether he stays or goes. I think it really depends on his choice. But our team and our future can go two very different ways depending on what he decides. So I was kind of trying to make light of a serious situation. But I think for Kemba, he’s been great. I’ve been fortunate to play with him for all six years of my career, and a lot of minutes on the court together, and he’s been great.”
This is actually a pretty moving act from Zeller, and surely, Walker ought to take notice. Whether this will have an impact on his decision, however, remains to be seen.