Former All-Star guard Kemba Walker announced his retirement

Kemba Walker set the team’s all-time scoring mark with 12,009 points with the Hornets.

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Kemba Walker, the all-time leading scorer in Charlotte Hornets history and a four-time All-Star in his 12 NBA seasons, announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday.

Walker, who played last season for AS Monaco of the Euroleague, spent two seasons with the Hornets (2011-19), two seasons with the Boston Celtics (2019-21) and one season each with the New York Knicks (2021-22). and the Dallas Mavericks (2022-23) during his NBA career.

In her social media post, Walker wrote: “Basketball has done more for me than I could have ever imagined and I am so grateful for the amazing journey I have had. And with that, I am here to share that I am officially retiring from the game of basketball.

“It was a dream come true. When I look back, I still can’t believe what I’ve achieved in my life.

The 6-foot guard was a three-time NBA All-Star in Charlotte and then in his first season in Boston in 2019-20. But Walker, 33, has missed significant time recently with knee problems, including 37 games with New York in 2021-22 and nine games with Dallas last season.

Walker retired as the Hornets’ top scorer and ranked in the franchise’s top three in games played, assists and steals.

He averaged 19.3 points during his 12-year NBA career, which followed him leading Connecticut to a remarkable late-season run in the 2011 NCAA Championship.

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Walker played much of the 2019–20 season altered by the flu, the last of five consecutive seasons in which he scored at least 20 points per game.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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