Andrea saw the concerned looks on the faces of the other Celtics. She saw the stretcher wheeled onto the court. She saw her son immobilized and taken away, and she felt as helpless as any mother would. “It was awful,” she said by phone on Sunday. “If I could’ve jumped through that TV, I would have. I felt like he was halfway around the world.” Andrea was relieved by each bit of news she received as time passed. And on Sunday, Kemba was actually on the court with the Celtics after the practice was opened to the media.
At first, they just told her they needed to go to a hospital, because the Pepsi Center in Denver didn’t have the medical equipment needed to complete the necessary tests. She heard a commentator compare Walker’s injury to another that had resulted in temporary paralysis, and that made her feel worse. “I mean, all kinds of things were going through my mind,” Andrea said. “It was just crazy.”
“He wants to play on Monday!” Andrea said, finding it at once unbelievable and yet also believable, because she knows her son. “He wants to play. I’m like, ‘This boy, this boy.’ He just loves his sport so much. I told him if he wants to play, just play five minutes then.”
Tim Bontemps: Kemba Walker didn’t practice but went through “a number of progressions” on the bike and in the weight room, Brad Stevens said.
Tim Bontemps: Stevens: “Head injuries and neck injuries are scary. That’s why he’s doubtful to be honest.” Says Walker can probably play with the neck pain, but team wants to be extra cautious to make sure everything is OK.
Steve Bulpett: Per Celtics' source, Kemba Walker appears to be much better. He's been released from the hospital here in Denver and will be flying home with the team Saturday morning.
"I saw him in the ambulance at halftime," Stevens said. "He had his wherewithal about him. He was in decent spirits, which is good." Late Friday night, the Celtics said Walker was released from the hospital to travel home with the team. He will be re-evaluated Saturday in Boston.
There was concern Walker’s injury could be related to the neck problem that hindered Walker while playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup this past summer, but there was no word on that. “All the scans that he went through at halftime yielded good results,” said coach Brad Stevens. “But we haven’t heard anything since.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Marcus Smart said Kemba Walker had been dealing with a neck issue dating back to this summer when both were with Team USA.
Adrian Wojnarowski. Early indications are that Boston’s Kemba Walker did not suffer a significant injury in collision tonight, league source tells ESPN. Team has diagnosed him with concussion-like symptoms.
Walker, attempting to recover a steal late in the second quarter of their matchup against the Denver Nuggets, lost his balance. With his head down, Walker ran headfirst into the stomach of Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye. He instantly recoiled and fell to the floor in pain, where he remained until play was stopped.
John Karalis: It looks like the doctors have Kemba stabilized and on his back. The entire Celtics team is in a circle around him
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 10, 2022 | 9:01 pm EDT Update
As sports rights prove the small screen game changer, the ball is in Disney’s court when it comes to the NBA. “We are interested in a renewal with the NBA,” said CEO Bob Chapek today after the company issued its surprisingly strong quarterly earnings reports. However, for all his praise of the ratings from the basketball league’s Golden State Warriors winning finals this year, the almost always circumspect exec added the caveat that “we will only do it if it is accretive to shareholder value.”
Whispers are that the league is looking at an up-to-$75 billion payout from potential bidders. While saying today that Disney is “still bullish on sports,” Chapek would not be drawn deeper into discussions on a new deal. “A continued relationship with the NBA would be something that is really attractive to us,” was about all that the CEO would add.
Watching NBA players in action isn’t always financially feasible for many basketball fans. But for just 15 dollars, fans at Highland High got to see NBA stars like former Ute Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards, his former Utah teammate Delon Wright, who is also with the Wizards, Denver Nuggets star Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes put on a show Tuesday night.
“It feels good to put on a show,” said Barnes, a budding star with the Toronto Raptors. “Do it for the kids, do it for the people that can’t got out and see an NBA game. This is a good opportunity for them to watch us play here, and we had a good amount of talent in the gym tonight.”
As these pro-am leagues continue to grow, expect to see even more NBA players join in. “For sure,” Barnes said. “I love playing in the pro-ams, these pick-up games. So, next off season, I’ll probably do it way more.”
August 10, 2022 | 6:04 pm EDT Update
Moritz Wagner: “Spending the summer with the guys who make this experience quite unique was my highlight of the year last year and was something I looked forward to with excitement all season. The fact that my ankle isn’t healed is difficult to accept at first, but it’s part of the game. This team is special and I’m looking forward to watching the boys play and supporting them”.
Just hours after the announcement about Mo Wagner missing the Eurobasket, the German team bounced back with an 87-83 win over Belgium in a very close game. Franz Wagner with 23 points and five rebounds and free agent Dennis Schroder with 21 points and seven assists got the job done. Daniel Theis added 8 points for the winning side, which didn’t use Karim Jallow, Maodo Lo, Johannes Thiemann, and Johannes Voigtmann.