Michael Jordan thanked Kemba Walker for his time in Charlotte

"Kemba truly is one of the best to ever play for our team"

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star Game. –(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Kemba Walker might be a Boston Celtic now, but he was recently called “one of the best to ever play” for the Charlotte Hornets by none other than Michael Jordan himself.

The Chairman of the Hornets released a statement Monday where he had nothing but praise for his former guard. He called Walker a “special player with a tremendous heart and a tireless work ethic,” and thanked him for his time in Charlotte.

Here’s his full statement via Marc J. Spears of ESPN:

Walker returned the sentiments in a piece written for The Players Tribune. He recalled a special “heart to heart” he had with Jordan right after he was drafted in 2011, when Jordan gave him words of encouragement.

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“He just said, “Kemba, we believe in you. I want you to know that. We believe in you, and we expect great things,” Walker wrote. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that those words from MJ changed my life.”