By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Point guard Kemba Walker is now a member of the Celtics after leaving the Hornets via unrestricted free agency and what appears to be a sign-and-trade involving Terry Rozier. Walker confirmed his move on Monday as he said farewell to Charlotte and hello to Boston in a new story at The Players' Tribune.
The first half of the story expresses his love and appreciation for Charlotte and the Hornets organization, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career after being drafted ninth overall in 2011. But Celtics fans will particularly enjoy the middle section, where he introduces himself and describes his best qualities as a player and person.
Walker generally describes himself as a quiet leader and someone who wishes to become a part of Boston's rich legacy of winning that it's built over the past two decades, which includes an NBA title for the Celtics in 2008. You can read the whole section in full below, but the entire article is worth a read.
And then to the city of Boston, and to Celtics fans everywhere, like I said: I’m more of the quiet type. I’m a man of few words. So I’ll wrap this up in a minute. But mostly I just wanted to say a quick hello, and tell you all a little about myself, so you know what to expect.
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.
I’m ALWAYS looking to improve! I made my first-ever All-NBA team last season, but I’m not trying to gain satisfaction from that. I’m trying to gain motivation. Every year, my goal is simple: to get better, and go farther.
I take my responsibilities as a professional very seriously — but I also try not to lose sight of why I’m here in the first place. I love this game. So we’re going to grind for those buckets….. we’re going to grind for those stops….. but I’ll tell you what else: we’re going to have some fun out there. And you can bet we’re going to be fun to watch.
And then one last thing about me: I’m a winner. I’ve always been a winner. It’s who I am — or at least who I strive to be — anytime I step foot on the court. And when I think about my future with this team, and how I’m now going to be playing for the Celtics….. I mean, that’s why I feel like it’s a match made in heaven. I want to win here, badly — and I’m excited to prove myself as that type of player in this league. I want to elevate myself into that Boston winning tradition. I want to get this team back on top.
Walker and the Celtics will make his four-year, $141 million max contract official once they're able to on July 6.
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