Watch: Kemba Walker emotional in introductions during return to Charlotte
Kemba Walker was emotional during his return to Charlotte on Thursday night.
Walker was drafted by the Hornets franchise in 2011 and spent eight seasons with the team before leaving to sign with the Boston Celtics in free agency. His new team visited his old team at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, and Walker was emotional during introductions. You could see him get teary-eyed:
Warm welcome in Kemba's return to Charlotte pic.twitter.com/HWrvgahS5b
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Walker wanted to remain with the Hornets, but team owner Michael Jordan has a strict rule about not going beyond the salary cap, so the team did not re-sign the three-time All-Star guard due to contract issues.
Walker was a really good player for the Hornets during his eight seasons with the team and left because the team would not pay him as much as Boston would. The fans understand that, which is why he received such a warm reception. He appeared to be touched by it.