Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens says Kemba Walker’s injury is a “short-term thing.” Added that Robert Williams is progressing well.
Mark Murphy: Per Brad Stevens: Kemba Walker will miss the next two games with a sore knee and then be reevaluated.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics list Jaylen Brown as questionable vs Memphis with a right ankle sprain. Kemba is probable with left knee soreness.
Guard Kemba Walker sat out Saturday night's game against the Phoenix Suns with a sore left knee. Walker, who was listed as questionable by the Boston Celtics, didn't participate in shootaround and underwent an MRI on his knee after telling the team Friday night that he had knee soreness, according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "Kemba got ahold of our doctors last night and said he had some knee soreness," Stevens said. "[He] went and got an MRI today, [and it] didn't show anything structurally wrong, but he's very sore."
Tim Bontemps: The Celtics say Kemba Walker is questionable for tomorrow’s game with San Antonio. He’s been out the past three games with an illness. Rookie Romeo Langford is out with one, as well.
Tim Bontemps: The Celtics say Kemba Walker is probable for tomorrow's game against the Nets. Daniel Theis remains questionable, and both Gordon Hayward and Romeo Langford remain out.
Chris Forsberg: “[Kemba is] feeling well, he has no symptoms. Really, we’re just going to get him to a full practice and have him progress from there.” Full opening statement from Celtics doc Tony Schena with the timeline after Kemba Walker’s neck scare in Denver. pic.twitter.com/9tapKLK9Qc
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 17, 2022 | 4:55 am EDT Update
With the start of training camp just six weeks away, league sources continue to insist that the Celtics are not close to a deal that would bring Kevin Durant to Boston, and that there have not even been any real discussions of substance.
NBA analyst Brian Windhorst discussed the trade situation earlier this week on ESPN’s Get Up. Windhorst inferred that Durant has lost all of the leverage in the trade talks but so did the Nets. “The dynamic around Kevin Durant hasn’t changed at all. There hasn’t been an urgency in trade talks. There hasn’t been a change in strategy by the Brooklyn Nets,” said Windhorst. Windhorst reported, “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there. Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
While Kevin Durant continues to prefer a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and the trade offers the team has received haven’t satisfied them, the two parties have remained in limbo throughout the offseason. The Nets will continue to listen to trade offers, but they are also hoping Durant changes his mind and gives their team another chance this season. “What’s kind of developed over those 47 days is we now kind of have two different negotiations,” said Brian Windhorst on NBA Today on Tuesday. “One, of course, is with all those teams interested in Kevin Durant and the Nets. We just haven’t seen significant traction with any of those deals. The Nets’ asking price is very high. Their leverage for getting those teams who are interested in offering so much just hasn’t materialized.
“The other negotiation that is now developing is between Durant and the Nets. That separate negotiation about what it would like for him to come back. That’s what a big part of the discussion he had with owner Joe Tsai in London about 10, 11 days ago was. Joe Tsai and the Nets believe they have a really good team. They don’t believe they have a good trade for Kevin Durant. They want him to consider coming back. But Durant has very clearly made it known he doesn’t want to play for the Nets under the current situation with the current coach and current GM.
That leaves three roster spots, and the Celtics will be required to fill at least two of them. League sources said the preseason essentially will serve as a final audition for a collection of veterans seeking a new opportunity. Rookie guard JD Davison and veteran forward Mfiondu Kabengele will be in training camp on their two-way contracts.
Speculation ran rampant: pundits and fans alike wondered whether he had any desire to play on the team, whether he’d be the first player in NBA history to turn down a max rookie extension, whether he’d prove one of the most significant busts in NBA draft history. Much of the chatter focused uncomfortably on his size. As he’s so often done during difficult times, Williamson turned to his favorite show for guidance. I ask if there’s a point in Naruto’s story that he feels is synonymous with where he is right now. His answer is immediate. “It’s when Sasuke was going rogue,” he says, referring to Naruto’s close friend and rival. “All of Naruto’s friends and teammates came to him like, ‘Dude, you’re gonna have to make tough decisions if you really want to be Hokage.’”