Kemba Walker announces his retirement from basketball

Without Kemba the game wouldn't be the same!

Kemba Walker, a national champion with the UConn Huskies and four-time NBA All-Star, announced his retirement from basketball. He revealed the news in a social media post on Tuesday.

“I know I couldn't have made it this far without the incredible support system I have around me,” Walker said in a statement. “There are so many people to thank – my mom, dad and my entire family, my teammates who have become my family, and the coaches who believed in me and brought out the best in me.”

Walker was selected No. 9 overall by the then-Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft after winning the national championship with the Huskies. (RELATED TOPIC: Donovan Mitchell signs three-year, $150.3 million contract extension with Cleveland Cavaliers: REPORT)

The 34-year-old's best season was the 2018-19 season in Charlotte, where he averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game. He was selected to the All-NBA third team that season. To this day, Walker remains the all-time leading point scorer in Hornets history.

Walker was later sent to the Boston Celtics in a sign-and-trade deal, but injuries contributed to his decline. He also later played for the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.

Throughout his career, Walker averaged 19.3 points per game, 5.3 assists per game and 3.8 rebounds per game.

As some of you know, the Queen City was one of my previous stomping grounds before I finally settled down here in Florida. I went to a few Charlotte games to see Kemba play and I've always been a fan.

It's definitely sad to see him go. No one knows when we'll have another Kemba – if ever.