The last few days have been unreal for the NBA and particularly for the Boston Celtics. As egomania maniac Kyrie Irving went home to Brooklyn, the Celtics swooped in and signed 3x All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. As most people know, Kemba is a Northeastern kid as he grew up in New York and went to UConn. Now he is the face of the Boston Celtics, the greatest franchise in the history of the NBA.
Walker spent 3 years at UConn and led the Huskies to the 2011 Championship; where he went on one of the most incredible runs in NCAA history (which included this). He also beat his now head coach Brad Stevens in said title game. After his junior year, Walker was drafted 9th overall by the Charlotte Hornets and Michael Jordan. Walker busted his ass off over the next years and finally made his 1st All-Star team 2017. Walker has continued to get better as he made the 3rd All-NBA team this past year.
However, throughout his time with the Hornets, Walker only made the playoffs twice and Charlotte has created some of the WORST contracts in the NBA. And with the ability to offer Walker a 5 year/$220 million deal; they only offered a 5 year/$160 million. At that point, he knew his time in Charlotte was done.
Kemba wrote a thank you letter to the Hornets in the Player’s Tribune. In the end, he turned to Boston and said the following “I’m a leader in my own way. I’m never going to shout anyone off the court or get overly negative. It’s not my style. But what I do is I take pride in making my teammates better — I’m that lead by example type. I like to keep it direct.” That sounds like someone the Celtics could really use. Kemba is humble, hard-working, and a team player. Basically, he’s the exact opposite of Kyrie. While the Celtics aren’t as talented of a team as they were last year; they already feel like a much more likable team. The Celtics have a lot of work to do, but they’re off to a good start.