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Kemba Walker’s return date

Charlotte Hornets fans were devastated at the loss of Kemba Walker during this summers free agency period. The former franchise star signed with the Boston Celtics, ending an eight year run filled with many highs and lows. We now know when “The Captain” will be making his return to Spectrum Center — November 7th.

Some players get booed, some players get cheered and some get a little bit of both when returning to their old stomping grounds, but for Kemba Walker, we already know what will happen. The entire arena will be standing and giving Walker a much-deserved ovation after giving the franchise his blood, sweat and tears for eight years.

Hornets fans will certainly have this date circled on their calendar. Considering this is likely going to be a tough, rebuilding season for the Hornets, this could be the most popular and much-anticipated home game of the season. It will be an emotional night for many, including Walker himself, I’m sure.

In 605 games as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, Walker owns career-averages of 19.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists. He leads the franchise in career points, three-point field goals, minutes played and field goals made. He also led the team to two playoff appearances, including a thrilling first-round series against the Miami Heat in 2016.

It’s only a matter of time until Walker gets his #15 jersey retired in Spectrum Center. He’s arguably the best player to ever wear a Charlotte Hornets uniform, and he should be celebrated for many years to come. He was the hero that this franchise desperately needed when they drafted him in 2011.

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Walker entered the league with the Hornets as a kid trying to find his way and left as a man who left a mark both on and off the court. It will be weird seeing him in Celtics green, but he earned the opportunity to leave for a contending team.