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Sport Video tribute got Kemba Walker choked up, but his Celtics teammates picked him up

15:05  08 november  2019
15:05  08 november  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Kemba Walker goes off to deliver eighth straight Celtics win

  Kemba Walker goes off to deliver eighth straight Celtics win Walker led the Celtics with 29 points, including 24 after halftime and 10 in a 92-second surge in the fourth quarter.BOX SCORE:  CELTICS 116, MAVERICKS 106

Kemba Walker had an off night and finished with 14 points, but he felt the love from the fans in Charlotte, where he played his first eight seasons. The Hornets honored their all-time leading scorer with a highlight video Thursday night, giving the Boston Celtics point guard a hero's welcome in his

Charlotte fans gave Walker an emotional welcome in his first game back in his first NBA home. The Boston Celtics traveled to Charlotte for a Thursday night game that meant quite a bit to both Walker Walker was clearly moved by the touching video . Kemba ’s emotional reaction to the warm welcome

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Andrea Walker moved to Charlotte soon after her son Kemba was drafted by the Hornets in 2011, and she spent eight years proudly watching him grow into a man, an All-Star, and a philanthropist here.

Kemba Walker holding a basketball: it was an emotional night for Kemba Walker, who returned to Charlotte for the first time since leaving the Horners and signing with the Celtics in the offseason.© Streeter Lecka it was an emotional night for Kemba Walker, who returned to Charlotte for the first time since leaving the Horners and signing with the Celtics in the offseason.

She would usually sit right behind the Hornets bench in her “Mama Walker” jersey, and scream so loud and often that her voice became unmistakable to the players on the court.

But on Thursday, when Kemba Walker arrived with the Celtics to play his first game here as an opposing player, his mother was unsure how it would all unfold.

Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker's return to Charlotte

  Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker's return to Charlotte Kemba Walker got a win in an emotional return to Charlotte as the Boston Celtics defeated the Hornets 108-87 on Thursday night. Walker had an off night shooting the ball and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won their sixth straight game handily. Walker missed his first six shots and didn't make a field goal until three minutes into the third quarter.BOX SCORE: CELTICS 108, HORNETS 87RELATED: Hornets pay tribute to WalkerGordon Hayward added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who scored 17 points off 21 Charlotte turnovers.

Kemba Walker says he expects a positive reaction in Charlotte, where he played eight seasons before signing as a free agent with Boston. I did an interview yesterday and they asked me the same question, and I'm not sure why that question should even be brought up , honestly.

Cody Zeller will welcome former teammate Kemba Walker back to Charlotte on Thursday. In the month leading up to Walker 's free-agency window, Zeller took recruitment matters into his own "I might've came up a little short on that," Zeller said with a laugh. Although the two are now no longer

Andrea Walker, who still lives in Charlotte, was wearing a crisp white Celtics jersey with her regular moniker on the back, and she went to will-call to pick up her tickets rather than just breezing through her regular entrance, where everybody knows her name.

“It’s weird to be on this side,” she said as she sat behind Boston’s bench before tipoff, wearing a wristband that still gave her access to areas reserved for Hornets’ family members. “But people have been telling me I look nice in this color.”

A few minutes after that, during pregame introductions, the Hornets showed a tribute video for her son, and there was a standing ovation, and Kemba said he choked up a bit. Then he took the court, and even though he did not sparkle as he has sparkled so many times here, he and his teammates did enough to breeze to a 108-87 win, their sixth in a row.

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Charlotte fans gave Walker an emotional welcome in his first game back in his first NBA home. The Boston Celtics traveled to Charlotte for a Thursday night game that meant quite a bit to both Walker Walker was clearly moved by the touching video . Kemba ’s emotional reaction to the warm welcome

Kemba Walker Tribute - 11/7/19. Throughout his eight seasons in Charlotte, Kemba Walker established himself as one of the all-time greats to wear the Charlotte uniform. His impact could be felt both on the court and in the community.

“I was trying to hold it in [after the video], but I couldn’t,” Kemba Walker said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to.”

He finished with 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting. But the fact the Celtics cruised to a 21-point win anyway offered great evidence for why he joined them in the first place. The Hornets could not win many games when Walker had lukewarm nights, but Boston’s lineup is filled with other weapons.

There was Gordon Hayward, seizing command with another powerful first quarter en route to 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. There was Jayson Tatum, continuing to effortlessly flick in 3-pointers and adding 23 points and nine rebounds. And there was the stingy defense that should not abandon this team even on its quiet shooting nights, holding the Hornets to 38.4 percent shooting and forcing 21 turnovers.

After pre-game talk, Kemba Walker walks the walk

  After pre-game talk, Kemba Walker walks the walk The new point guard came to life in the second half and showed what he — and the Celtics — might be capable of this season.Walker let his game do the talking at TD Garden when it mattered most, and it spoke volumes about the type of player the Celtics have as they pick up the pieces of the post-Kyrie Irving era. Brad Stevens’s latest franchise point guard found his game in the fourth, scoring half of his 22 points to help the Celtics christen the parquet for 2019-20 with a 112-106 victory over the new-look, defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

So yeah, MJ is going to take every win he can get and celebrate them hard. __ Kevin Hart reacts to Kawhi Leonard's laugh | Get Up ! Michael Jordan Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant Prior to Game - Продолжительность: 2:17 NBA 3 760 723 просмотра.

Kemba Walker arrived at the Auerbach Center on Sunday evening and finalized his four-year, 1 Rookie forward Grant Williams, who is from Charlotte, said Walker worked out at his old high school a few When the Celtics faced the Hornets last March, second-year big man Robert Williams got an

“I thought we really defended,” coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought we really cared about defending, and then we have to clean up some stuff on the offensive end, but we were trying to share it for the most part, and that’s a good thing.”

For the Celtics, the only uneasy moment of the night unfolded when there was a rare — if brief — confrontation involving Stevens and guard Marcus Smart.

Smart appeared to be growing increasingly frustrated with Charlotte’s physical play and the resulting officiating as the game rolled on.

With 6:08 left in the third quarter, Smart was whistled for his fourth foul as he tried to take a charge while Charlotte’s Devonte’ Graham drove to the hoop. Eleven seconds later Smart drove toward the basket and was called for an offensive foul after using his off hand to nudge Graham.

As Smart went to the bench after picking up his fifth foul, he appeared to snap at Stevens. He said later that he was frustrated with the calls that were going against him, and that he wanted to feel like someone was on his side.

“I’m telling him like, ‘At some point you have to step in and say something as a coach. But since you won’t, I’ve got to,’ ” Smart said. “I understand from Brad’s standpoint, but at the same time, from the player’s standpoint, like, you’ve got to step in.”

Celtics roll over Spurs for seventh straight win

  Celtics roll over Spurs for seventh straight win The victory came at a cost as Gordon Hayward suffered a fractured left hand.BOX SCORE:  CELTICS 135, SPURS 115

Kemba Walker enters Spectrum Center for the first time as a visiting player Thursday night when the Boston Celtics take on his former team , the It serves to be an emotional night for Walker , who became Charlotte’s all-time leading scorer during his eight seasons with the Hornets, but it seems

Boston Celtics ' Kemba Walker smiles with friends as he makes his way onto the Charlotte Hornets' court before an NBA basketball game between Walker missed his first six shots and didn't make a field goal until three minutes into the third quarter. Gordon Hayward added 20 points and 10 rebounds

The two smoothed it over soon after that, though, and Stevens was not concerned about it.

“We need Marcus and I’ve told him a number of times how much we need him,” Stevens said. “But this is the part about Marcus that I love, right? His fire, his competitiveness. If there’s a moment when he’s upset with us, that’s all part of it. We move on pretty quickly. We’ve been together a long time. I’ve been yelled at before and that’s OK. I love him and I trust him. And he’ll get every opportunity.”

Otherwise, the Celtics were mostly in control throughout the night. After falling behind, 7-2, they quickly pushed in front and never trailed again. Their lead swelled to 14 points in the first half, and after the Hornets closed within 41-37, the Celtics created distance with a swift 11-0 run. Boston held a double-digit lead for all but two minutes of the second half.

While it was a comfortable and satisfying return for Walker, it was a forgettable night for his replacement in Charlotte, Terry Rozier. The former Celtics point guard, who signed a surprising three-year, $57 million contract last summer, was 1 for 11 with 3 points, 2 assists and 4 turnovers.

Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.

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a basketball player during a game: Charlotte Hornets forward PJ Washington (25) shoots the ball as Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis (27) defends in the first half at Spectrum Center on November 7, 2019. 

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