Kemba Walker just recently became the Charlotte Bobcats first round draft pick and now he’s also a member of the Under Armour team.
The #9 overall pick spoke about his new multi-year deal today, but he wasn’t exactly singing their praises.
Under Armour just recently started making basketball sneakers to compete with the Adidas’, Reebok’s, and Nike’s of the world so they’re new to the game.
That being said, Kemba acknowledges that Under Armour is new the the basketball sneaker making game while taking what seems to be an unintentional shot at the company:
“Under Armour was just a perfect fit,” says Walker, the No. 9 overall pick in the June’s NBA Draft, who signed a multi-year deal with Under Armour earlier today. “They love what they do, and I love what I do.”
“I like starting from the ground up, and that’s just how Under Armour is,” says Walker. “Me, Brandon [Jennings], Cam [Newton], Julio Jones and the rest of the guys we’re gonna try our best to build it up.”
“[Being one of the faces] is the reason why I chose Under Armour,” says Walker. “If I would’ve went anywhere else, I definitely would’ve gotten lost.” -Source
He didn’t mean anything by it (I hope) other than the fact that he’s got a shot to be the face of Under Armour for basketball players. Brandon Jennings is their biggest name in terms of basketball and his noterity dipped after his rookie season.
Sounds like Kemba would rather be the face of a new and possibly up and coming team, than to join a championship squad (when it comes to sneakers, that is). He’s not going to get much shine with the likes of Nike with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant on their roster.