Last night, Kemba Walker made history. Walker became the All-time leader scorer for the Charlotte Hornets. Walker passed Dell Curry, father of Steph Curry, to become the All-time leader.
Kemba Walker achieved the accomplishment against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Walker went for a contested lay-up late in the game to become the leader. He scored 9,841 career points. At the end of the game, LeBron James walked over to Walker and gave him a huge hug, and congratulated him on his accomplishment.
Walker also made history earlier in the season by passing Dell Curry for most 3-point makes in franchise history. He also passed Gerald Wallace for the team record of 1,998 made free throws.
Kemba Walker was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) in 2011. He was the 9th pick overall. Walker has been with the Hornets through their ups and downs. He averages 23 points per game this year, his second best season average of his career. He is in his sixth season with the Hornets, and has one year left of a four-year, $48 million extension he signed in October 2014.
Walker was emotional during his post-game interview on the court. He wiped his tears away with a towel as he spoke.
“It was just pretty emotional,” Walker said. “I really wish I would have played better earlier and we would have had a more competitive game but it’s still a huge accomplishment. For my family to be here and all the fans cheering me on like that, especially because we lost, they made it pretty special anyway.”
Hornets owner Michael Jordan released a statement on Kemba Walker’s accomplishment.
“I’m really happy for Kemba,” Jordan said. “Becoming a franchise’s all-time leading scorer is a big accomplishment and it’s a testament to his hard work, dedication and passion for the game of basketball. He exemplifies what it means to be a Hornet. His effort, leadership and commitment to our team and the City of Charlotte is second to none. I’m proud to have him on our team.”
Kemba Walker is a great player, but he is also underrated. He plays hard for the Hornets regardless of the type of season they have.
If any player deserved to accomplish this achievement for the Hornets, it is Kemba Walker.