LA, July 18: Boston Celtics recruit Kemba Walker will "forever love" Michael Jordan for giving him a chance in the NBA.
Walker joined the Celtics via sign and trade earlier this month, ending an eight-season stay in Charlotte with the Bobcats and Hornets.
The three-time All-Star guard, unveiled by the Celtics on Wednesday, paid tribute to Hornets owner and NBA great Jordan.
"He had a great influence on me. First of all, he drafted me. He gave me my opportunity to play in this league," Walker said.
"He allowed me to play through mistakes, allowed me as a person, as a man. I love that dude, that's my guy, we have a great relationship.
"I'll forever love him because of the opportunity he gave me."
sharp dressed man pic.twitter.com/UmY3C1vWXE— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2019
Walker has reportedly signed a four-year, $141million max contract with the Celtics, who are 17-time NBA champions.
The 29-year-old said he was eager for success with Boston after reaching the playoffs just twice in eight seasons in Charlotte.
"For me, it's the competitiveness of this organisation, they've been winning for years," Walker said.
"You can see all the banners upstairs and in the arena. It's a winning organisation and I want to win – that's what I'm about.
"Throughout my basketball career and as a pro, I haven't won consistently, and I just want to get a taste of that. I thought that this was the best place for me to do that."