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Kemba Walker already making massive impact for Knicks even before suiting up

Kemba Walker, Knicks, Immanuel Quickley, Derrick Rose

The New York Knicks made a strong move in the offseason by acquiring Kemba Walker. While some might view it as a risk, considering Walker is coming off a mediocre, injury-riddled season with the Boston Celtics, the prolific playmaker can definitely do wonders for the Knicks.

In fact, even before playing a second in the Big Apple, Walker has already made his presence felt, as his addition has already pumped up the younger guys on the Knicks, particularly sophomore point guard Immanuel Quickley.

While Walker will surely get the bulk of the minutes at the PG spot, Quickley said he’s embracing the healthy competition (via New York Post).

“Offseason moves were great. We added a guy, Kemba Walker, who can do it all, somebody I can learn from, compete with to expand my game. I want to be where he is eventually one day. So no better guy than Kemba Walker to come in—just like I learned from Derrick Rose, I can learn from somebody else. And Evan Fournier, competitor, shooter—so we added shooting and defense. I think we made great moves this offseason.’’

The 31-year-old Walker is surely an upgrade for the Knicks, who rotated Quickley, Rose, Elfrid Payton, and Frank Ntilikina at the no. 1 position last season.

A four-time All-Star, Walker looked kind of lost in his final season with the Celtics, as trade rumors perhaps hounded his headspace. But with a fresh start with the Knicks and his home city, Killa Kemba should be fired up.