CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker says being selected as a starter for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game still feels “surreal”.
“I think the closer it gets, the closer it comes, I’ll start to think about it a little bit more,” Walker said. “I wasn’t thinking about it at all honestly. Just happy when I got the news. That’s not something that was on my mind too much. Of course my family and friends sent me the final votes, the returns whenever they came back, but it’s not something I was really putting all my focus and my attention on.”
Walker also shared that the outpouring of support from family and friends has been overwhelming, but in a good way.
“Lots, lots and lots of text messages. A lot of messages that I can’t even get to still,” Walker said. “A lot of my family & friends are really proud of me. They’re really happy for me. They’ve seen it firsthand the way I’ve approached my career, my work ethic, & stuff like that.”
Walker has been vocal about how much the Charlotte community and the fans that support the organization means to him. The community took notice, Walker received 1,395,330 fan votes for the NBA All-Star game.
“Those people support me, wear my jerseys, stuff like that. Always at the games, come early to talk or get an autograph. That means a lot. It means a lot to have the support of your fans. I just appreciate it.”
Walker is set to compete in the 2019 All-Star Game Sunday, February 17th at Spectrum Center. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m.