April 1, 2016

The Craft: Kemba Walker’s jump shot

Everything for Kemba Walker begins with the jumper. The most indelible image of his basketball career is that of a limber stepback, managed with enough grace to keep Walker on balance and his defender at a distance. There is no sharper weapon that a 6’1″ guard can deploy in a league of giants. The jumper serves him well.

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April 1, 2016

Walker never one to shy away from big moments, spotlight

Paul George was using his gigantic advantage in height to exploit their mismatch as if he never noticed Kemba Walker trying to harass him. Then Monta Ellis was bowling over the 6-foot-1 Walker to finish a bullying postup. The Charlotte Hornets were losing with 16.2 seconds remaining, and yet the run of play was in no way humiliating for their smallest player.

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April 1, 2016

Why Kemba Walker is an All-Star

Watch him for five minutes and you’ll see it. Kemba’s got a motor. He possesses a basketball combustion engine that you just can’t teach. A lot of guys play east-west, but Kemba is trying to north-south you. It’s like he’s always running downhill. In his mind, it’s always run-and-gun. He’s coming at you. In attack mode. That’s a nightmare for defenders guarding the point guard position.

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April 1, 2016

Open Floor Podcast: Kemba Walker

In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com’s Lee Jenkins welcomes Hornets guard Kemba Walker to the show to discuss Charlotte’s second–half success, his NCAA tournament memories and what it means to be a New York point guard.

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