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Kemba Walker returns to Hornets as assistant as new coach Charles Lee rounds out his staff

Kemba Walker returns to Hornets as assistant as new coach Charles Lee rounds out his staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker is returning to the Charlotte Hornets — as a player improvement coach.

Walker, who announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday, is Charlotte’s leading scorer with 12,009 points.

He was among the assistants hired Wednesday to join new head coach Charles Lee’s staff. The team also hired Lamar Skeeter, Josh Longstaff, Chris Jent, Blaine Mueller, Ryan Frazier, Matt Hill and Jermaine Bucknor as Lee rounded out his staff.

Walker, a four-time NBA All-Star and a 2018-19 All-NBA third-team selection, is also the Hornets leader in field goals, 3-pointers, free throws and minutes played. He is second in assists and third in steals. After 12 years in the NBA, Walker won the French championship with AS Monaco this season.

Charlotte hired Zach Peterson as assistant coach/director of player development and added Austin Vereen and Zach Thomas as video coordinators. The Hornets hired Reggie Cameron as associate video coordinator and two-way enhancement coach, in addition to retaining John Bowen as video coordinator.