Why Kemba Walker Joined the Celtics: “I’m About Competing For Championships”

Kemba Walker talked about why he decided to become a Celtic and why the city of Boston is the best fit for him.


Kemba Walker left the only NBA home he’s ever known to join the Boston Celtics as the 8 year veteran signed a 4 year $141 million contract with Boston as soon as free agency began on Sunday.

Later that night Walker went on ESPN’s Sports Center and told Scott Van Pelt why the Boston Celtics were the best fit for him.

“When you think of the Celtics, you think of championships. You think of winning,” said Kemba. “That’s what I’m about. I’m about, ya know, competing for championships and winning.”

Kemba Walker spent 8 years with the Charlotte Hornets as their talented point guard. He scored a career-high 25.6 PPG last season. Kemba was asked what exactly made him feel like now was the right time to move on to another team.

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“Now it’s about competing at the highest level which we all know Boston is doing that year in year out. I wanna be a part of something really special as far as, ya know, being able to compete at the highest level,” said Kemba.

“That’s something I haven’t been about to do throughout the early years of my career… I just felt like Boston was the best fit for me to, ya know, try and accomplish those kind of goals.”

A winning mentality heads off to Boston to fill the role Kyrie left not so long ago. How well has Kemba been following the other big name trades and moves around the league? According to him, he wouldn’t know about his new competition without his friends.

“That’s my lifeline right there,” said Kemba, “Without those guys, I wouldn’t know anything.”

Kemba Walker signed a 4-year/$141M deal with the Celtics in a trade that also sent Terry Rozier to Charlotte for a 3-year/$58M.