For weeks, four of the five now-announced starters for the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game have been clear-cut. Kyrie Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, and Joel Embiid were no-doubt choices, but a second guard had to be chosen to start alongside Irving. On Thursday evening, the basketball world found out that it was Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.
Walker is a thoroughly deserving choice based on the merits but, for good measure, he will be representing his city during All-Star Weekend, as the festivities will be taking place in Charlotte. With that as the backdrop, Walker was captured live when finding out that he got the nod, as the announcement came right before he appeared on TNT.
It is unquestionably cool to have this look into how Walker reacted to learning he would get his first nod as an All-Star starter. The 28 year old is enjoying a fantastic season, averaging 25.0 points, 5.7 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game in 47 contests, but this kind of reaction and emotion stretches beyond the floor and into the feels.
Walker was already a lock for inclusion on the All-Star roster in reserve duty, but there is just something special about getting the starting nod, and it is fitting that he will do so in Charlotte.