HoopsHype Kemba Walker rumors

November 18, 2014 Updates

“I like the way he plays,” Walker, the Charlotte Bobcats point guard out of New York City, told SNY.tv. “So far he gets great position on the offensive end. He has great pace, nice touch, nice hands. I think he will be good. Of course, he has to get a lot stronger and adjust to the NBA game.” NCAA Basketball: Champions Classic-Michigan State vs DukeAsked if he sees Okafor as the potential No. 1 pick, Walker said, “Yeah, I can see that. I still think he has some developing to do but he’s young. I think he has a lot of potential.” ZagsBlog.com

October 30, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Kemba Walker to a multi-year extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today is a great day for the Charlotte Hornets,” Cho said. “To be able to retain such an important piece of the core we are building here in Charlotte is exciting. Kemba is an integral part of the culture we’re trying to create within our organization and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of our team for years to come.” NBA.com

“It’s rewarding to continue my career with the team that drafted me,” Walker said. “Since my first day in Charlotte, I knew that this was where I wanted to be. I am excited about the direction in which this franchise is headed and I’m confident that we will only get better. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent this organization, our fans and this city moving forward.” NBA.com

Michael Wallace: Kemba: "Everybody wants me to make that shot. My teammates, coaches, everyone is like, 'Here Kemba.Take the ball and win the game.'" Twitter

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Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says it’s his desire and intent to sign point guard Kemba Walker to a contract extension by the NBA’s Friday deadline. "I’d much rather get Kemba done before the season starts," Jordan told the Observer Tuesday. "Ultimately that’s what I intend to accomplish. We’re in real conversations. I’m hopeful. Really hopeful." Under terms of the NBA’s rookie pay scale, the Hornets can sign Walker to an extension by Oct. 31, thus avoiding him becoming a restricted free agent in July. Walker has said his preference is to remain a Hornet under a long-term deal. Charlotte Observer

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The Hornets played Wednesday without point guard Kemba Walker (knee contusion suffered Monday against the Orlando Magic). Coach Steve Clifford sounded like there’s a good chance Walker might also miss Friday’s exhibition in Washington. Charlotte Observer

October 14, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker suffered a contusion on his left knee during Monday night's NBA preseason game against the Orlando Magic. Walker, playing in the final year of his rookie contract with the Hornets, was injured early in the third quarter after a collision with Magic guard Elfrid Payton on a drive to the basket. "I just bumped knees with Payton," Walker said after Monday's game. "I'm all right, though. A little sore, but I'll be all right." ESPN.com

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"I'm not worried at all about Lance," Walker said. "There's nothing wrong with him. He doesn't say much; he's quiet. He just likes to have fun. When I saw [him blowing into James' ear], I'm like, 'That's nothing new.' Lance has been doing that for years. It's just that he's on a big stage, so everybody is going to always have something to say about it. "Lance just gets excited, and he loves to play the game of basketball. Basically he's trying to do whatever he can do to win a basketball game, and there's nothing wrong with that. I could care less if he blows into somebody's ear. He played very well in the playoffs last season, so he'll be fine, especially with the off-the-court stuff. I don't think he'll get in much trouble at all." Bleacher Report

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There are some intriguing players who will sign extensions or become free agents next summer, such as Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, Faried, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, Miami’s Norris Cole, and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. The Celtics don’t have to worry about such four-year contract issues. That was the year they acquired JaJuan Johnson on draft night for MarShon Brooks. Johnson never stuck in the NBA and is now playing for Besiktas in the Turkish League. Brooks, meanwhile, has signed with Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League. Boston Globe

September 28, 2014 Updates

Stephenson wants to do more than just play basketball. He wants to rap, as well. Two months before the season began, Stephenson released a rap song, called “Hot N---a,” a take on the rapper Bobby Shmurda’s song that spawned the popular “Shmoney Dance.” Stephenson took the beat to the song and says in four hours he came up with his lyrics. He stripped Shmurda’s lyrics of misogyny and gun violence and replaced them with rhymes about his basketball talents, endorsements for his And 1 shoe company, reminiscing about watching Allen Iverson, his excitement to play with Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and more. “Brooklyn-bred now I’m out in N.C.,” the end of the song’s first verse goes. “Me and Kemba in the backcourt n---as as dead meat/Pops held me, down kept me out the streets/They wonder how the rose grew up out the concrete… “I’ve been ballin’ hard since like the fifth grade/Watching A.I. gettin’ 40 with the French braids/Love Indiana, I’m gonna miss some good days/Charlotte Hornet, M.J. that’s a new way.” Charlotte Observer

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