Turns out Kemba Walker will get to play on LeBron James’ team after all.
The Charlotte Hornets star did not get traded at the deadline despite interest from a number of teams, but Walker was rewarded with an All-Star selection on Thursday afternoon.
Walker was named an injury replacement by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, putting the guard on Team LeBron for the mid-February All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
The guard is in to replace New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, who tore his ACL on Tuesday night and is out for the remainder of the 2018 season.
Walker was initially upset about even being the subject of trade rumors last month, so it’s nice to see that the Hornets were reluctant to move him from the only pro team he’s ever played for. Hornets owner Michael Jordan was reportedly reluctant to see a talent like Walker go out the door too easily, and teams like the Cavaliers soon turned their attention in other areas in order to rebuild what they hope will be a contender.
Still, Walker is deserving of an All-Star nod. And he probably won’t mind a few days in LA and a chance to play with James on All-Star Sunday.