If anyone with the Hornets truly saw Walker blossom, it’s Zeller. “The first time we interacted, he is my brother’s age, and they both played in the McDonald’s (high school) game the same year,” Zeller said.
“So I went to watch my brother (Tyler), and I had never heard of Kemba before. But I remember even in the practices, he was picking up full court. My dad and I were like, ‘I don’t know who that guy is, but I like him a lot.’ He’s just a tough, gritty guy, and back then Kemba wasn’t real skilled. He couldn’t shoot as well. He just played super hard; he was flying around the court. So my dad and I said, even from those first two kind of closed practices, we’re like, ‘I like this guy.’ So it’s kind of cool that it has come full circle and we got to play together. I’ve told him that story a couple times before.”