Athletes are often seen as simply athletes, and that’s it.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski sent shockwaves through the NBA on Friday by revealing that the Hornets have made Kemba Walker (as well as several other players on their roster) available in trade discussions. In return, the Hornets are reportedly looking for a good young player or first-round draft pick Adrian Dantley Jersey that will set them up for another rebuild.
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While there is no shortage of point guards in the NBA right now, Walker is an All-Star in the prime of his career. He has averaged 21.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game over the last two-and-a-half seasons on 43.3 percent shooting from the field and 37.9 percent shooting from the perimeter. He’s been the lifeblood of the Hornets during that time, and he can absolutely help a team looking to make a playoff push in the second half of this season.

Do you feel like you’ve found a good way of breaking through, where you can be other things besides a football player?

VM: Yeah, I say all the time I just play football. I just play football right now, but I have a lot of different things that I do. I think the show is just the starting point. But I’m just a football player from eight in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. When I’m out in public, when I introduce myself to somebody and they don’t know what I do, I just say I’m Von. You know? It’s just my job. That doesn’t make me who I am. And I think I do it well, so people recognize me for that, but there are a lot of other things I do, and it’s great to be seen in other moments besides just being an athlete.

It’s interesting that 41 percent of players felt that Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was the toughest goalie to shoot on in the NHL, with Quick a distant second (12.1 percent). But it’s baffling that on the Who is the best goalie of all time? question, Price was tied with Ken Dryden (3 percent) behind Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Dominik Hasek (who should have been first). Not Lundqvist. Not Roberto Luongo. Not Ed Belfour or Billy Smith or Glenn Hall or Bernie Parent or Jacques Plante. Carey Price, fourth-best goalie in NHL history. Open a book — or at least, Hockey Reference — sometime, players.

For all the talk about chemistry and being good in the room and all the ancillary noise that we create about why a team wins or loses, what it overwhelmingly comes down to for players is whether the guy next to them is putting in the work.
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Honesty, loyalty and respect don’t even add up to work ethic, which must make John Cena sad.
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