HoopsHype Kemba Walker rumors


February 7, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker has a message to those fans who think losing games to improve draft position is this team’s best route: Forget it. “That’s ridiculous, as far as us tanking and getting a high draft pick,” Walker said following practice Thursday. “I don’t think we need any more (high) draft picks at this point.” Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker has setback, will not play tonight against Los Angeles Lakers. Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker will not play tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers, and coach Steve Clifford sounded less confident Friday about Walker’s availability the rest of this West Coast trip. Walker missed the last five games with a sprained left ankle suffered Jan. 18. He tried to participate in morning shootaround at the Staples Center, but felt pain during the initial stretching and had to leave the court. Charlotte Observer

January 29, 2014 Updates

Tuesday he was running without any noticeable limp, and that seemed like a bit of a breakthrough. “This is the period when he’s making the most progress. So we’ll see,” coach Steve Clifford said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to do a little more tomorrow and maybe practice Thursday” in Los Angeles. That means it’s conceivable Walker could play as soon as Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, though Saturday against the Phoenix Suns or Tuesday against the Warriors seems more realistic. Charlotte Observer

January 28, 2014 Updates

Then Schwartz suggested Jefferson make a visit to Charlotte to at least hear the Bobcats out. The rest has been a happy half-season of history for all concerned. “I met the coaching staff. That was the first impression right there,” Jefferson said of Steve Clifford and his assistants. “That showed me that MJ [team chairman Michael Jordan], Rod [Higgins, Charlotte president of basketball operations] and those guys, they went and got a great coach and staff. That let me know right there they were trying to turn this franchise around. “Then I looked at the young talent: Jeff Taylor, MKG [Michael Kidd-Gilchrist], Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson. Bis [Bismack Biyombo], a great high-energy big. Brendan Haywood and [Jannero] Pargo, guys who have been around the league and know what it takes to win. You add a guy with my talent and the things I’m able to do on offense. And then you look at the East, I really thought that was the best decision for me.” NBA.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Monday was the first time an injury forced Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker to miss a basketball game. As in ever. “I never missed a game in my life. First time,” Walker said of the left ankle sprain that will cost him about two weeks of the season. Charlotte Observer

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This season, Kemba Walker is leading his Charlotte Bobcats in PE colorway of the Under Armour Anatomix Spawn. Here's a detailed look at one of the shoes he's lacing up for home games, white-based with capri and orange accents throughout. Each tongue is adorned by Kemba's 'KW' logo. For the first time, an Anatomix Spawn PE will be hitting retail. Look for this Kemba pair at the following Foot Locker locations for $120: Sole Collector

December 8, 2013 Updates

Walker himself admits that he’s enjoyed the opportunity to imitate an undersized two-time MVP like Nash. The similarities Clifford is mentioning here are in no way accidental. “Me and Steve Nash are two completely different players, but it’s a lot of small things [Coach Clifford] has shown me,” Walker said. “He’s not telling me to be exactly like [Nash], but there are a lot of small things I can do to better my game and make things simpler for me and my teammates. It’s been helping me a lot this year.” HoopsWorld

One thing that hasn’t necessarily helped Walker over the course of his young career has been a ton of turnover at head coach. So far, he hasn’t played for the same man two years in a row, but that’s something he sees changing with this most recent hire. “It’s been pretty tough, going into every year playing for a different coach, having to learn a whole new system over and over again,” he said. “This year it’s the same, having to start from scratch with this coaching staff. This year has been great; I think this guy is definitely the one who is going to stick around this organization. I’m excited to have him.” HoopsWorld

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So while Clifford was getting adjusted in his move from an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers to the new coach of the Bobcats, Walker was busy playing detective. "If I've learned anything the past two years," Walker said, "it's that things can change, with a quickness, and not always for the better. We went from Coach [Paul] Silas to [Mike] Dunlap and this third time ... well, you want it to be the charm. So yeah, I absolutely did my homework on Coach Clifford. I talked to guys around the league that I knew he worked with and it was all good. All good. I just wanted to make sure. I understood what it is he'll expect from me as his point guard and what guys who have played for him before think of him and know of him, because if we're going to turn a corner and become the team we want to be, we've got to have a coach that's ready to take us to that next level." NBA.com

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