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Standing ovation in Charlotte prompts tears from Kemba Walker

After eight seasons with the Hornets that saw him take the franchise lead in career points, 3-pointers and minutes played, Kemba Walker returned to Charlotte on Thursday for the first time since leaving in a sign-and-trade to Boston Celtics.

Walker was greeted with a rousing introduction from the Hornets’ public address announcer and a standing ovation from an appreciative Charlotte crowd.

Walker’s warm feelings for Charlotte

Walker said at a shootaround Thursday morning before the game that he expected an overwhelmingly positive response.

"Nothing but positive things, I hope," Walker said. "I don't think I did anything wrong.