The NBA free agency is getting closer and as the days come by, rumors surface about some of the hottest players who will try to find a new team during this offseason. Nevertheless, not everybody thinks like that in the association and Kemba Walker is one of those guys who want to remain loyal to his team even though he has the talent, the bravery and more importantly, the opportunities to go play wherever he wants.
Walker has been with his current team, the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats since 2011 when he was drafted of UConn as the #9 overall pick.
Now with a lot of experience, being a three-time All-Star player and one of the best in the Eastern Conference, Kemba is set to enter the free agency but contrary to what most players will do, he has stated his desire to keep his talents in Charlotte. In the following video courtesy of WCNC's Kelsey Riggs, the point guard shows his desire to stay in Charlotte despite the fact many teams in the league want him.
"Nothing's changed," Walker said. "This is where I want to be.”
He’s 28 right now and has spent his entire career with the Hornets where he has done nothing but improve his level season after season. He just came off his most productive campaign so far, appearing in all 82 games and posting 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds. He also shot 43.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from three-point range.
Despite playing at a great level, he was unable to take his team to the playoffs for the third straight season after a 39-43 record, something that made several people believe his time in North Carolina has come to its end. But for him, that doesn’t look like a problem and Kemba has maintained firmly in his decision to remain with his first and only team in the NBA.
In an interview with NBA.com's Shaun Powell in February, Walker made clear he wanted to help the Hornets become a true contender:
"Michael drafted me. When that happened, the first thing that went through my mind is this guy is giving me an opportunity. So I'm going to give it everything I got. That's what I do for MJ, ever since I've been here, each and every night. To try to play the game the right way. Play hard. And a lot has to do with him."
"I want to build something here. I want to try and make us one of the top teams one day. I love this place. I want to help take this organization to places it has never been."
In a time when most players are chasing money and winning trophies with bigger organizations, Kemba Walker breaks that mold and says he won’t go anywhere. Not even the Los Angeles Lakers’ interest making Kemba LeBron James’ wingman makes him change his mind.