As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the rumor mill is starting to gain steam and, often times, surprising names are mentioned.
One of those names is Charlotte Hornets’ guard Kemba Walker who seems to be the only player making the Hornets somewhat competitive.
Despite the rumors, Walker plays on and says the rumors won’t effect him moving forward.
“No. No, I’m a pro, man” Walker said, in an interview with the Charlotte Observer.
“This is what I do, you know. I play basketball and I go hard each and every day, regardless of what’s going on and in my life, you know. I never bring it to the basketball court. If anything, I’d rather be playing than just sitting around. Basketball is what helps me cope with anything, so no, it won’t be a problem at all.”
Walker is averaging 21.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists this season and is the most valuable asset the Hornets have.
Walker said that he’d be “pretty upset” if the Hornets dealt him, according to AJ Neuharth-Keusch of USA Today Sports.
“This is where I got my opportunity,” Walker said (video link via The Charlotte Observer). “Seven years in now, I’ve been here for seven years. I do a lot with the community, of course. I’ve gotten to know a lot of the fans. A lot of the fans have a lot of love for me, as well as I’ve got love for them. Of course I’m going to be tied to this place. This is kind of where I’ve grown up. This is definitely home.”