Jalen Brunson names Knicks predecessor Kemba Walker as toughest opponent

Jalen Brunson made countless New York Knicks fans forget about his immediate predecessor, point guard Kemba Walker. Ironically, though, Walker still holds real estate in the current All-Star’s head.

Few have been able to stop Brunson this season, as he is averaging a career-best 27.7 points and 6.7 assists. On the other side of the coin, however, Brunson admitted to Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes that Walker’s skillset has left a lasting impression on him, even if his current commitments on the hardwood place him an ocean away.

“One person that made me look like an idiot…every time I guarded him was Kemba, straight up,” Brunson said (h/t New York Basketball on X). “When he stopped in an instant, I was still taking, like two, three, four more steps. I had to go back that way and he’ll go back this way.”

“It was never fun… I’d rather take a charge from (Nikola) Jokic, like a seven-footer, or (Joel) Embiid than do that. It wasn’t fun.”