Earlier in July, the NBA announced its intentions to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina because of House Bill 2. The Charlotte Hornets’ star point guard, Kemba Walker, fully supports the league’s decision to do so.
Sports play a huge role in society, no question, and Walker called the NBA a “leader in social conversations and change,” which is hard to dispute.
In a piece for The Players’ Tribune, Walker penned this paragraph, expressing his support for the league:
“I was excited that my basketball hometown was going to host that game, as was the whole city of Charlotte. But more important is inclusiveness for everyone, particularly our fans — of all races, genders and sexual orientations. The same goes for players, those at the league level and every individual who works to grow our game, day in and day out. The NBA took a stand on principle and equality. I support that.”
Walker, who just turned 26, is still very young but has a voice since he’s on track to become a premier player in this league. Charlotte has a chance to host the All-Star Game in 2019, and the former ninth overall pick should be in a position to be there as he continues to improve over the next two seasons.
In 2015-16, Kemba had the best season of his career and helped lead the Hornets to a 48-34 record before being bounced by the Miami Heat in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs. In 81 games for Charlotte, Walker averaged a career-high 20.9 points, shot 37 percent from three, and dished out more than five assists per ball game while being a noticeably improved defensive player.
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