After the Kyrie Irving disaster, the Boston Celtics needed proper leadership and they were able to find that in Kemba Walker.
The 2019-20 NBA season has been a big improvement for Boston Celtics fans. The team is performing much better and they are a blast to watch.
You can’t pinpoint one person as the reason for this change but there is definitely a player who has contributed to the change, Kemba Walker.
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Walker has been the leader that the Celtics needed this season. He isn’t afraid to shoulder the blame and isn’t quick to call out his teammates.
Last season we saw Kyrie Irving rule with an iron fist. It was his way or the high way. He just wasn’t ready to be a leader and face of the franchise.
After the Celtics loss to the Bucks, Walker took the blame and was rather hard on himself.
“More upset about my individual play than anything right now, but it starts with me,” Walker said after the game. “I have to be better for my teammates.”
This is exactly what you want to see from your leader. It also helps that Walker has had a quality season. He is averaging 22.1 points, 4.9 assists, and 4 rebounds.
No matter what this season will be viewed as a success. When Kyrie Irving and Al Horford left no one could have expected to have a season like this. Boston was supposed to be at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, not the top.