Kemba Walker not interested in comparisons to Kyrie Irving

Nick Friar
October 17, 2019 - 2:34 pm
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At the end of his media availability on Thursday, Kemba Walker was asked about the transition of joining a new team, something he’s hit on in some capacity once or twice before. But he’s at a different stage in the process with the season right around the corner.

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There have been some challenges because it’s a new experience. Up until now, Walker had only played for one NBA franchise. He has to learn a new system and teammates, but outside of those factors, the only other glaring adjustment is he doesn’t feel like he has to do everything, which was the case in Charlotte — a change Walker doesn’t mind at all.

“Nothing (has) surprised me, it’s just new,” Walker said. “It’s just a new situation. Adjusting was pretty hard, but it’s fine. I’m just going with the flow. These guys, they’re really fun to be around, really easy to get along with. Each and every guy here has made my transition super easy — down to the coaching staff, to the guys behind the scenes, everybody. They welcomed me with open arms. Just making me feel really accepted and wanted. It just really made it easy for me.”

Walker also slid “and you guys, too” in the media’s direction.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, ex-Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has declined to speak with the media for back-to-back days now. Rajon Rondo inadvertently hit him in the face while the Nets and Lakers were in China, forcing Irving to miss the second game of the trip. Brooklyn’s players and coaches had not been made available to the press until practice on Wednesday.

The Kyrie era in Boston is done, but because the Celtics were able to find his replacement so quickly, who happens to have a similar playing style and abilities, it’s easy to juxtapose the two — in every way.

Though, Walker isn’t interested in that conversation.

“I don’t think about it,” he said. “That’s not something that I really care about. Kyrie, he’s a hell of a player. He’s one of the best in the world.

“We are pretty similar in playing style and stuff like that. That’s not something I think about. Of course, I see everybody . . . it just is what it is. It’s just obvious. It’s going to come up.”