Terry Rozier says there will be pressure upon replacing All-NBA PG Kemba Walker
Terry Rozier will suit up as a new member of the Charlotte Hornets a couple of months from now, knowing these are some big shoes to fill when it comes to replacing All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker, now of the Boston Celtics.
However he’s welcoming the pressure that comes with his surge in the league and the responsibility of manning the point guard spot as the starter on this team.
“I’d be lying if I told you there’s no pressure,” Rozier told Jonathan Abrams of Bleacher Report. “But pressure’s part of the game. Pressure is something that I deal with on a daily basis, but I’m always finding ways to get past it. That’s not easy going in, replacing a guard like Kemba. He’s pretty damn good and the franchise’s leading scorer, like that’s crazy. But it’s something I’ve always wanted. I always live by if the opportunity come knocking, you gotta be ready to answer, and this is the opportunity for me, so I was born ready for this, and I’m not looking back.”
Rozier was buried under Kyrie Irving for the past two years and in a way, this is a pressure he’s always wanted. The man known as “Scary Terry” showed he could thrive under pressure during several performances in the 2018 playoffs, thrust into the starting spot with Irving out due to injury.
The real test will come with handling the ebb and flow of a grueling regular season, along with the streaks and slumps that may come from it, which will now be looked into with a magnifying glass as opposed to simmered expectations he faced in his years with the Celtics.