The Knicks could use a well-established point guard. Kemba Walker fits that description. But he’s a Hornet, and isn’t predicting that to change anytime soon. Of course, in this particular situation it makes all the sense in the world for Kemba to talk about the Hornets and no one but the Hornets. Here’s the Hartford Courant with more:
Kemba Walker can’t avoid it. Whenever he sets foot in the five boroughs, the questions come from every direction.
“I’ve been hearing it for years,” Walker said Thursday, after working with youngsters at the National Basketball Players Association summer camp. “Every time I come home, ‘When are you going to come home and play for the Knicks?’ I know it’s a special place, I was a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I just can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey, only because I’ve only been in one jersey.”
Walker, 28, a two-time All-Star, is seven years removed from that never-to-be-forgotten UConn finish, and seven years into his NBA career, all with the Hornets, entering his prime and a year away from free agency…
There is also temptation for the Hornets to trade him now and get maximum value in return. Walker, who has averaged more than 20 points per game in each of the last three seasons, has been a popular figure in the summer’s trade rumors.
“At first, it bothers you,” he said. “Who wouldn’t it bother? Who wants to hear his name in trade rumors? But I’m seven years in, it’s not the first time. It’s something I’ve gotten over. What can I do?”