Kemba Walker Gets "Dope" Ovation From Charlotte Fans

Kemba Walker is in limbo. The former 4-time All-Star, and Charlotte Hornets' legend, has been told to stay away from Detroit Pistons camp while the team tries to find a landing spot for him. 

From what happened at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte Friday night, it seems that one spot could make the most sense for the Hornets' all-time leading scorer.

Walker was at the Hornets' preseason game against the Boston Celtics (his other notable former team), seated midcourt in between the Hornets' executive VP and COO James Jordan and chief marketing officer Seth Bennett. And when Kemba's familiar smiling face was beamed on the arena's video board and was introduced by the PA announcer, the fans let him know he was welcome back anytime, with a huge, lengthy ovation.

“It was dope,” Walker said of the fans' response. “It was pretty unexpected to get the love that I’ve gotten since I’ve been here has been special. And it feels good to feel that love, to be honest. I haven’t felt it in a while. It felt good.” 

According to Walker, the Pistons have approached him about a buyout, but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. 

The 32-year-old guard, who's been besieged by injuries the past couple of seasons, says he's still "got something in the tank,” and would love to have a reunion with Charlotte, whether now or at the end of his career.  

“That would be special,” Walker said. “As far as closing my career, I’ve still got a few years left in my opinion. I’m not thinking about that yet. But yeah, we’ll see. I’m just waiting. Ain’t nobody reach out to me, so we are just waiting.”

Walker spent eight seasons in Charlotte (2011-2019) and averaged 19.8 points and 5.5 assists there, and earned three of his four All-Star selections.