HoopsHype Kemba Walker rumors

January 26, 2015 Updates

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker received a second opinion on his left knee today in New York. Dr. David Altchek confirmed Hornets team orthopedic physician Dr. Marcus Cook’s previous diagnosis of a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. Walker will undergo surgery, performed by Dr. Altchek, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday, Jan. 28. A timeline for his recovery will be determined following surgery. Walker is averaging 18.8 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 35.6 minutes per game, leading the team in points, assists and minutes played. NBA.com

January 25, 2015 Updates

The Hornets are still looking into the status of point guard Kemba Walker, who sat out Saturday’s game with ongoing left-knee soreness, and center Bismack Biyombo, who left the game after suffering a knee contusion and did not return. Hornets general manager Rich Cho said the team will continue to evaluate Walker, who has now missed three of the last five games. Walker will have a magnetic resonance imaging and it’s possible he could need surgery. However, he has played with this injury, resulting from a cyst in his joint, since high school in New York City. Charlotte Observer

January 24, 2015 Updates

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, who almost never sits due to injury, missed his third game in the last five Saturday against the New York Knicks. Walker is having ongoing soreness in his left knee, the condition that caused him to also sit against the Indiana Pacers Jan. 17 and the Minnesota Timberwolves Jan. 18. Charlotte Observer

January 19, 2015 Updates

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss his second straight game because of a cyst on his left knee. Brian Roberts will start in his place Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a rare weekday afternoon game Martin Luther King Jr. Day. USA Today Sports

January 18, 2015 Updates

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Monday’s home game against Minnesota Timberwolves after sitting out practice Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Walker also missed Saturday’s 80-71 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers with a sore left knee. Charlotte Observer

The Hornets say the source of that pain is a cyst that Walker has had since high school. Though his left knee occasionally has some inflammation due to this cyst, Walker hasn’t previously missed any games with the ailment. Charlotte Observer

January 17, 2015 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets say point guard Kemba Walker will not play against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night because of a cyst on his left knee. It's unclear how long Walker will be out. Walker has averaged 29.8 points per game over the last six games and the Hornets have gone 5-1 during that stretch. ESPN.com

No Al Jefferson and no Kemba Walker. No good for the Charlotte Hornets. For the first time since center Jefferson signed with the then-Bobcats two summers ago, this franchise will play with neither Jefferson nor Walker available Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. Charlotte Observer

January 12, 2015 Updates
December 29, 2014 Updates

The numbers make the point: Over the first 42 games of last season, Walker totaled 212 assists and 103 turnovers – a 2.06-to-1 ratio. Over his last 31 games last season, Walker totaled 235 assists and 66 turnovers – a 3.56-to-1 ratio. Minimizing turnovers is a huge priority to Clifford. Walker taking that to heart has been a significant change that Clifford values. “He spent a ton of time here over the summer working on everything, including his body. He’s so much stronger,” Clifford said. “He’s turning the ball over less, and that counts for a lot.” Charlotte Observer

December 28, 2014 Updates

“I don’t care how old you are or how young you are, you’ve got to be ready to play,” Clifford said. “Two or three guys had no intensity and that cost the whole team.” It was unclear specifically who Clifford meant, but obviously not point guard Kemba Walker. He scored a career-high 42 points to keep the Hornets in a game they might have lost by 20 or more to an Orlando team with a 12-21 record. Charlotte Observer

December 12, 2014 Updates
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December 1, 2014 Updates

The Hornets have been aggressive making trade calls, according to sources across the league. The Hornets are searching for upgrades on the wing and at power forward, per those sources, and they are willing to talk turkey on basically anyone other than Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson. Free agents signed this past offseason can’t be traded until December 15, and few would be surprised if the Hornets make and take calls on Lance Stephenson ahead of that trigger date. Grantland

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