By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Kemba Walker and the Celtics just provided every stubborn Celtics fan who held on to their Antoine Walker No. 8 jerseys with a sense of purpose.
In a new press release confirming the long-reported news that Kemba Walker signed with them as a free agent, the Celtics confirmed that the former Hornets point guard - who can't wear No. 15 because it's been retired for Tommy Heinsohn for 53 years - will switch to No. 8. The same number worn by another famous Celtics Walker, Antoine.
Better dust off that old 'Toine jersey, if you still have it.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 7, 2019
Antoine Walker never delivered the C's a championship, but he did reach the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals as part of a pairing with Paul Pierce. He made three All-Star squads over his first seven seasons in Boston, during which he averaged 20.8 points and 8.7 rebounds in 528 games.
'Toine became as well-known for his shimmy after hitting big shots as he did for chucking up maddening hero-balls at the most inopportune times. His combination of talent and personality made him something of a magnetic figure, if never quite a great-enough star to take the Celtics to that next level.
We'll see if Kemba Walker can reach the heights that Antoine - or even Kyrie Irving - never could in Boston. If he does, jersey No. 8 will have a new king on the Celtics.
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