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Kemba Walker Returns To Charlotte As A Boston Celtic

Kemba Walker
Jodie Valade
Kemba Walker was named a starter in the 2019 All-Star Game played in Charlotte.

Kemba Walker spent his first eight seasons in the NBA playing for the Charlotte Hornets, becoming an All-Star and the team’s all-time leader in points scored.

Thursday night, he returns to Charlotte as the enemy.

Walker will make his first appearance at Spectrum Center as a member of the Boston Celtics, the team he signed with in the off-season.

“I know it’s going to be pretty emotional,” Walker told NBC Sports Boston. “But I’m looking forward to it.”

And then a pause before adding, “I really want to beat them.”

Walker signed a four-year, $141 contract with the Celtics, a bigger deal than the Hornets offered.

So far in this early season, it has looked like a pretty good decision. Walker leads the team with 26.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as his Celtics are 5-1.

The Hornets, which signed Boston’s Terry Rozier as Walker’s replacement, are 4-3.

Thursday’s game begins at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on TNT.