Kemba Walker played eight seasons in Charlotte, and there wasn't a single boo-bird to be heard when he made his return. After signing with the Celtics this summer, Kemba was a visitor in the Spectrum Center for the first time in his career on Thursday night, but there was no resentment from the home crowd at all.

Instead, the Hornets played a tribute video for Kemba that brought him to tears, and he received a rousing standing ovation from the crowd.


The Hornets pay tribute to Kemba Walker in his first game back in Charlotte! ❤️

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The Hornets also posted the full tribute video to Instagram.



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Although Kemba was only able to reach the playoffs twice with the Hornets (a pair of first-round exits in 2014 and 2016), he established an impressive body of work despite a lack of talent around him at times. Charlotte drafted him with the 9th overall pick in 2011, and in the last three seasons, he’s rounded into an All-Star level player.

Even without team success, reports suggest that Kemba came close to re-signing in Charlotte this summer, and you can see the city has plenty of love for the guy. It’s nice to see that even when a star walks, it can be on good terms.



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