Kemba Walker is extremely excited to be a member of the New York Knicks as he is looking for a fresh start and he is hoping to prove that he is still a star in the league. This summer, the Boston Celtics traded Walker to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
After Walker agreed to a buyout with the Thunder, he decided to sign a two-year, $18 million deal with the Knicks. "It means everything," Walker said of the motivation to prove he can still be an elite player in the NBA, per ESPN.
"It's driving everything. Because I know what kind of player I am. "I know what level I want to be at. It's added motivation." Walker absolutely believes it's perfect time for him to come to New York.
"I think it is," Walker said, when asked if this was the perfect time for him to come back home. "Everything. Perfect timing. Really motivated. Super excited that these guys have belief in me. "That's all I need.
I just need somebody to believe in me. These guys do, and I appreciate that."
Walker has got no hard feelings toward the Celtics
"I definitely felt like Boston believed in me," Walker said, before adding with a smile and a shrug, "but they traded me.
But, yeah, that's not the case. I don't feel like they didn't believe in me." The Knicks also added Evan Fournier from the Celtics this summer. Fournier was an absolute star at the Tokyo Olympics and he is heading into the new NBA season full of confidence.
"Yeah, my confidence level was good," Fournier said of playing in Japan. "It's really good, actually. When I was on the phone with Leon, Thibs, Scott, the first thing Thibs told me [before the gold medal game] was as soon as I wrapped up silver, I had to come to New York so we could talk.
"That was his way of talking a little bit of trash, and unfortunately that's what happened. But I'm proud of what we accomplished for my country, and the goal is to keep shining for France and in three years we host the Olympics in 2024, so we'll see.
We'll see." Being a Knick gives Walker goosebumps. "This feeling has been like no other. Just randomly getting goosebumps," he said. "It's an unbelievable feeling to be able to come home. As far as added pressure -- I don't think so. As long as I'm in a great environment around great people I'll be fine."