Kemba Walker is too nice of a person to throw anybody under the bus.
But when it came to the topic of belief and trust and his move from the Celtics to the Knicks, the 31-year-old Walker, who was introduced to the New York media on Tuesday, seemed to come close.
“I’m super excited that [the Knicks] just have belief in me,” Walker, introduced with fellow ex-Celtic Evan Fournier, told the assembled media. “That’s all I need. I just need somebody to believe in me, and these guys do. And I appreciate that.”
That’s a pretty normal answer for any free agent looking to bounce back in a new city after battling injuries. But with an answer like that, the natural follow up asks if that means the Celtics, who actually traded Walker to Oklahoma City while he was on vacation as Walker revealed, did not believe in Walker because of his knee issues?
Walker saw that question coming from a mile away and tried shutting it down with a couple of quick no’s, but a well-placed ‘but’ threw us in a blender, while a grin and shrug from Walker only opened the door for second guessing.
“I definitely feel like Boston believed in me. But they traded me, you know?” Walker, clearly trying to diffuse the possibility of shading Boston but also wanting to speak for his own game, said. “So, yeah. I don’t think that they didn’t believe in me.
“My guys, my home team Knicks, they believed in me. And I’m here now. So whatever happened in the past is irrelevant at this point.”
Well. There’s that.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.