Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte was everything a p…

Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte was everything a player could expect after giving eight years of service to an NBA franchise. The new Boston Celtics guard struggled in the first half, failing to convert a field goal, but thrived in the second, helping the Celtics get the bragging rights over his former team, the Charlotte Hornets. Walker’s mother Andrea explained her son’s divorce with the Hornets was a nasty but necessary one for his career: “He wants to win,” Andrea Walker told Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston during the third quarter of the Celtics’ 108-87 win over the Hornets. “He’s a winner. Staying in Charlotte was kind of slowing him up, and I think it was just time for a change. It was a nasty divorce, but it was a well-deserved divorce.”
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How is the adjustment process going? I know when you join a new team, you have to get used to a new team, new system, new coaches, new city and so on. What’s that transition been like? Al-Farouq Aminu: Like you said, it’s a lot of new things coming at you. But that’s why we’re professionals; we have to figure out the different ways that people play and the different schemes – all of the different ways that we’re going to attack with this team. Also, you’re adjusting in your home life. You’re getting settled in and moving all of your furniture and things like that. It’s a big adjustment, but it’s coming along smoothly.
Since arriving in Orlando, what’s been your first impression of the team and the city? Al-Farouq Aminu: Aw man, it’s been so great. It’s a big change from Portland because now I’m in a sunny state. I’m wearing shorts today! It’s kind of surreal to still be wearing shorts at this time of year. It’s been really nice, man. It’s a nice change of pace, for sure. There’s a really cool energy around this team. We have a lot of great guys. From top to bottom, everyone has a really great attitude, so that makes you enjoy coming in to work. It’s nice. All of the guys are great. They’ve exceeded my expectations, for sure.
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