CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kemba Walker cemented his status as one of the Charlotte Hornets’ all-time greats Wednesday night.
Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan released this statement after the game:
“I’m really happy for Kemba. Becoming a franchise’s all-time leading scorer is a big accomplishment and it’s a testament to his hard work, dedication and passion for the game of basketball. He exemplifies what it means to be a Hornet. His effort, leadership and commitment to our team and the City of Charlotte is second to none. I’m proud to have him on our team. Congratulations, Kemba!”
Earlier on Wednesday, Walker told NBC Charlotte, "I would have never thought that I would be in this kind of situation. Now I'm 20 points away and looking forward to it."
With 21 points against Cleveland, the seventh-year point guard became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing the 9,839-point mark set by Charlotte basketball icon Dell Curry. Curry joined the Hornets via the expansion draft in 1988 and spent a decade in Charlotte and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1993-94.
Curry’s name is all over the Hornets record book, as he’s No. 1 in several categories, including games played, field goals, two-point field goals made and field goal attempts.
Walker’s play down the stretch has helped keep the Hornets’ slim playoff hopes alive, as he’s recorded 31, 24, 46 and 24 points in consecutive games as part of Charlotte’s four-game winning streak. Walker’s 46 points against Memphis were just one short of his season-best 47 against Chicago.