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18:02  01 july  2019
18:02  01 july  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kemba Walker - Career stats, game logs, biographical info, awards, and achievements for the NBA and NCAA. Kemba Hudley Walker ▪ Twitter: KembaWalker . Position: Point Guard ▪ Shoots: Right. 6-1, 184lb (185cm, 83kg). Team: Charlotte Hornets .

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The Kemba Walker era in Charlotte has come to an end.

In a piece published Monday in The Players' Tribune, the All-Star guard penned an emotional farewell to the team and city that took a chance on him when he was selected ninth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

"This was an extremely tough decision, and I hope people on both sides will take that the right way. I owe Charlotte everything, man. Everything," Walker began.

Walker traced it all back to his first encounter with the Hornets' owner and his new boss, who happened to be NBA legend Michael Jordan.

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"He called me up … and of course I recognized his voice instantly. (I remember thinking, even in that moment, you know, like — Damn. It’s MIKE.) And real calm, real cool, he just said, 'Kemba, we believe in you. I want you to know that. We believe in you, and we expect great things,'" Walker wrote.

"Man, I’m not exaggerating when I say that those words from MJ changed my life."

Walker, who grew up in the Bronx, went on to credit the welcoming organization and state as a whole for supporting him throughout his eight-year career in which he averaged 19.8 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds over 605 games. He averaged a career-high 25.6 points for the Hornets last season.

"Charlotte … you are my people forever. You’re family, straight up. I love you," he wrote.

Now bound for Boston after reportedly agreeing to a four-year maximum contract worth $141 million with the Celtics, Walker is clearly eager to start his next chapter. He introduced himself to Celtics fans as a "quiet leader" and "a winner" as he promised to help get the team "back on top" in the Eastern Conference and beyond.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 43 points in what may be his final game with If this was his curtain call in Charlotte, Walker certainly left Hornets fans with a memory of what they'll He received a standing ovation and a hug from coach James Borrego as he left with 1:06 remaining.

The Hornets are open to trading Kemba Walker , league sources told ESPN, in a potential move that could serve as a franchise reset. Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images. If it happens, Walker suspects the finality of leaving Charlotte will hit him hard.

"And Boston….. I’ll see you all in September. I’m ready. I’m truly ready," he wrote.

"Let’s do this."

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Williams has spent the last five seasons in Charlotte. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 75 games in 2018-19. “I kind of want to play as long as I can possibly do it,” Williams told reporters at his exit interview in April. “I’m always going to work as hard as I can to keep myself healthy and we’ll see where it goes from there. I’m looking forward to next year being (year) 15.” The Hornets finished last season with a 39-43 record and just missed the playoffs. But, they’re expected to take a major step back in 2019-20 after losing star guard Kemba Walker to the Celtics.

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