Kemba Walker (neck) didn't play, joining Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Smart (left hand) on the U.S. injured list. White started in Walker's place at point guard.
Rod Boone: Although he's playing tonight as expected, Kemba didn't ciome out for his usual pregame warm up routine. Likely getting extra treatment to loosen up his neck.
Jon Johnson: Kemba Walker returned to locker room with mid back tightness. He will be available to return
Ira Winderman: Kemba Walker has a wrist strain, but is taped up and out for the start of the second half.
Josh Robbins: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, who missed the last two games, will not have a minute restriction tonight against the Magic, the Hornets' acting head coach, Stephen Silas, said.
Barring an unexpected setback, point guard Kemba Walker will return to the Charlotte Hornets lineup for Monday night’s home game against the Orlando Magic. Walker sat out road losses to the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat after suffering a contusion to his left shoulder against the San Antonio Spurs Nov. 25. The Hornets are on a four-game losing streak, which has dropped them to 8-13, three games out of a playoff spot with a quarter of the season complete.
Rick Bonnell: Kemba Walker fully participated in practice Sunday. Barring a setback, he’s a go for Magic game Monday.
Rick Bonnell: Clifford said Kemba Walker (left shoulder bruise) still very sore. Sounds unlikely he’ll play in Miami Friday.
Rick Bonnell: With Kemba (left shoulder bruise) OUT, Michael Carter-Williams starts at point guard for the @Charlotte Hornets. Malik Monk backup. Also, Julyan Stone listed as probable.
Rick Bonnell: Kemba Walker did not practice for @hornets today. Listed as doubtful to play vs. Raptors Wednesday. If Kemba doesn’t play, MCW starts.
Rick Bonnell: Steve Clifford said no restrictions— minutes or otherwise— on Kemba Walker (sprained left wrist) tonight.
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker said Thursday he’s fully healed, following May surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. That means Walker is still considering playing in an NBA-sponsored exhibition in South Africa Saturday.
Walker wasn’t expected to play, but he’s holding open the possibility of suiting up. “I’m not sure yet. My knee feels good,” Walker said on a conference call. “I want to play. I can play. I haven’t made a decision yet.” Walker said there is no limitation on his physical activity, following surgery in Charlotte May 9.
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will not play in an NBA Africa exhibition next month as a precaution following surgery in May on his left knee. An informed source told the Observer Tuesday that Walker won’t play, but he will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for the exhibition Aug. 5. Walker was invited to be one of four captains in a matchup between NBA players with African ties and a world team.
Tim Bontemps: The Charlotte Hornets announced Kemba Walker had a knee scope, and recovery time is about six weeks.
Charles F. Gardner: Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said Kemba Walker will sit out tonight's game against the Bucks. Marco Belinelli (finger) also out for the Hornets.
Rick Bonnell: Kemba Walker missed @Charlotte Hornets shoot around to have his knee examined. A healthy checkup, not cause for concern, Clifford said.
Spencer Percy: Source tells me that Kemba tore the meniscus in his left knee sometime around a month ago and decided to play the season out w/ injury.
Spencer Percy: Multiple meniscus tears for Kemba's left knee now. Question is when will this wear and tear start affecting his explosiveness?
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Walker is expected to resume basketball activities in early July.
August 11, 2022 | 2:12 am EDT Update
There’s good reason for pessimism, Durant’s ultimatum to Nets owner Joe Tsai did not light a fire under trade talks. If anything, it made it far less likely a deal gets done in the short term. — why would Boston improve its offer now? It robbed the Nets of leverage. For example, Brooklyn was trying to get Boston to put Smart in the trade, but why would they even consider it now? That said, even without Smart (or Robert Williams III, sources told NBC Sports he is not available), a Celtics offer with Jaylen Brown may be the best one the Nets will see.
Chris Mannix: I had one executive who was not involved in the Durant sweepstakes say to me ‘if the Nets don’t have the stomach to bring him to training camp, they should find a way to do a deal with Boston because they’re not going to get a better player in a deal than Jaylen Brown’.
Ric Bucher: Joe Tsai has already shown he’s willing to play hardball with Kyrie by taking a max extension off the table almost immediately. Now, part of that may be Kyrie’ doing. I’m told he wanted his new contract to guarantee he wouldn’t have to play more than 60 games in a season and would not have to play any back the backs which he apparently referred to as inhumane.
Ric Bucher: I’m told that they wanted to trade Kyrie midway through this past season, and KD told them absolutely not. And they went along with it. Now, I’ve also been told while they’re still good friends, that maybe KD doesn’t value him quite the same way as a teammate. I’m not so sure about that.
Ric Bucher: I’ve been assured that this is correct in spite of another report that says it never happened. And that’s as far as I’ll go with that, too. I’m not going to punch down. Ben Simmons was in a group chat with some of the other teams players. And on it, they asked Ben if he was playing in game four. And not only did he not answer, he dropped out of the chat. Now, as I said, there’s another reporter out there who suggested the event never happened. I’m well aware that that reporter has, let’s say he has vested interests in painting things a certain way. And again, I will leave it at that his comments prompted me to go back and double check with my source. And that source insists that it did indeed happen, and explain why someone might report it another way. So I’m sticking with it.
Patrick Beverley is not one to whine about getting moved from one team to another. The Utah Jazz guard recently addressed claims from fans about how the Minnesota Timberwolves “did him wrong when in fact that sentiment goes completely against how he views and interprets his offseason fate. Here’s Patrick Beverley going full Jay-Z, referencing the GOAT’s “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man” bar in explaining why he is thankful to the Timberwolves franchise.
Still, Caleb Canales’ decision to leave the NBA and coach in Mexico is not without risk. Broadening his experience on an international stage could help him get back to the league and to the job of his dreams, but his leap of faith could also be ignored. Despite a growing stable of foreign-born superstars and the NBA’s expansion to new markets overseas, the league has been slow to embrace coaches with international experience. European champions like David Blatt and Igor Kokoskov came and went last decade, as did successful foreign-born assistants like Etore Messina. “The coaching side, you always have to be ready to adapt and adjust,” Canales says.
While skepticism may remain in some NBA circles regarding the value of international coaching experience, there’s no doubt the league is putting effort in to diversify its coaching ranks overall. As of the 2022 offseason, half the league is led by Black head coaches. Nash and Kerr were born outside the U.S., and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is Filipino-American. Canales credits the work of David Fogel, executive director of the National Basketball Coaches Association, and Karen Marrero, its director of communications, for things improving over the last few seasons. “They’ve been so creative, and they’ve been so willing to help us, as coaches,” he stresses, highlighting the coaching profiles as well as a newly deployed coaches database the NBCA has set up to assist teams in finding and hiring talent outside the same small coaching pool.