How did how does the knee feel right now? And as you project forward to the playoffs? Do you see it being any kind of, you know, inhibition to your ability? Kemba Walker: Well, it feels good man. That’s me being completely honest. You know, the whole reason I’m only stretching is to see how it reacts after every game. And it’s been it’s been doing well and it’s me feeling better and better after every game, so I’m definitely trending upwards. I think I’m gonna be fine. I think I’ll be fine.
Mark Murphy: Kemba Walker on why he's on knee-related minutes restriction now: "I had a long summer playing USA basketball. Free agency, everything. Just everything. It was a different year for me. Coming in here, coming into Boston, my offseason was a lot different actually last summer."
Those already concerned about Kemba Walker's knee probably did a double-take when Kendrick Perkins implied Tuesday that the Boston Celtics had "lost" their star point guard to injury. During an interview Wednesday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand," head coach Brad Stevens sung a very different tune when asked about Walker's health. "His knee is the strongest it's been since he got here in September," Stevens said.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens on Kemba Walker: "Came out of Sunday feeling well.” Stevens said Walker will not play tonight. "Lot of guys won’t play tonight” then lists Smart, Hayward, Tatum, Brown, Theis and Kanter as also out.
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens confirms Kemba will be on a minutes restriction when seeding games begin, but said he was encouraged by his performance and burst today.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Kemba Walker “recovered great” from playing live yesterday. He’s expected to go live again tomorrow at practice.
Tim Bontemps: Brad Stevens said Kemba Walker went through the first hour of practice, but didn't do anything live. The plan is for him to be re-evaluated tomorrow, with the expectation to practice live Thursday and then not play Friday against the Thunder.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens makes note as Kemba Walker runs by near his Zoom conference. “Kemba just flew by us … We all saw his change of speed … Kemba’s getting better, feeling good.” Said only player that’s been out otherwise in ORL is Tremont Waters, who is in the concussion protocol.
However, that mindset may have come back to bite him in Boston over the course of this season so far. He returned quickly on three different occasions during the 2019-20 season after experiencing knee pain and struggled in all of those returns before the season was suspended on March 11th. With pain popping up again at the start of training camp in the Orlando bubble, Walker is adjusting to a new reality that the team is prioritizing: protecting him from experiencing more setbacks. “It's definitely pretty frustrating,” Walker admitted of his condition. “Just because I'm not a guy who misses many games, especially throughout the course of my career.”
Walker went throughout most of the season layoff without issues in the surgically repaired knee but starting to experience issues again when returning to Boston for individual ramped up workouts. “It was definitely a pain,” Walker said of what he felt. “I can’t really explain it, but it was a pain on the side of my knee that was bothering me. I don’t know how much else I can say. Throughout my career, I haven’t missed many games, and I’ve been able to play through a lot. It was bothering me, so that was the best choice for me to make, was to sit out. Like I said, this is not normal for me, being out like this, but the smart way to go about things because I want to be at my best for my teammates and this organization when the regular season comes around and most definitely in the playoffs.”
A. Sherrod Blakely: Kemba said the plan is to make sure he's full-go for the playoffs. He added that he's feeling "really good now but I don't want to have any setbacks. I'll be back in time when things get real, for sure."
Jay King: Kemba Walker said he felt pain on the side of his knee after individual workouts. He reminded that he’s been able to play through a lot in his career. Said it’s not normal for him being out like this, but it’s the smart way to approach the issue.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Kemba Walker did a couple portions of practice today as planned. The Celtics went pretty light today, Stevens said.
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens says Kemba Walker did a harder workout yesterday and did not go through practice today. He's on a one day on, one day off schedule right now.
Kemba Walker was slowly working his way back from left knee soreness when the NBA was forced to shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. He’s been quiet since being forced into isolation, but he made an appearance with Brian Scalabrine during a rebroadcast of the Boston Celtics early-season win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
“Quarantine has been very interesting,” he said during the video chat. “There’s not much to do. Just around the house. Working out a little bit, as much as I can, trying to do as much as I can do. But for the most part, just relaxing. There’s really not much to do.”
“The knee is doing well,” Walker said. “It’s difficult because I don’s have anyone around to get me some treatment or anything like that, so I have to do my own stuff, which I’m trying my best to do as much as possible. Still trying to stay on top of things, so at this point it’s all about discipline.”
Gary Washburn: Jaylen Brown out at least a week. Hayward day to day and Kemba just getting back to back rest. #Celtics
Jay King: Sounds like Kemba Walker won’t play Wednesday against the Cavs after likely making his return tomorrow. Stevens called him “doubtful” for the second leg of the back to back. Kemba said his knee feels good though and the swelling is gone.
Mark Murphy: Kemba Walker is talking with staff about possibility of resting his knee in preparation for playoffs: "They’re putting it in my mind. I haven’t really had to do that much over the years and think like that over the years. So it is (a possibility)."
Jay King: Kemba Walker said he didn’t really have a minutes restriction in the All-Star Game, despite what he initially said.
Adam Himmelsbach: Brad Stevens said he didn’t say anything to the Raptors coaching staff prior to the All-Star game about Kemba being limited. Cs sense was that he was OK.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker had his knee drained and received a Synvisc injection to help with swelling and soreness, coach Brad Stevens said Friday. Stevens said it is not likely to be a long-term issue. Walker had already been ruled out for Friday night's game against the Timberwolves in Minnesota.
Abby Chin: Kemba Walker OUT tonight for the #Celtics due to knee soreness. Brad Stevens told me Kemba had his left knee drained and received an injection to reduce swelling after the All-Star game. But, Stevens stressed Kemba shouldn’t miss much time. No determination on status for SUN yet.
Celtics guard Kemba Walker will return to the lineup Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks after missing three games with left knee soreness. "I feel pretty good," Walker said Friday after the team's morning shootaround. "It's much improved. I'm going to try to give it a go tonight." Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Walker is going to be on a minutes restriction of about 30 against the Hawks. He played over 35 minutes in three of four games prior to sitting out.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Kemba Walker cites the team's chemistry as a possible factor in Danny Ainge's decision to keep the team intact at the trade deadline. The players really like each other. "We get along, maybe too well," Walker quipped.
Tim Bontemps: Boston’s season as the walking wounded continues: Marcus Smart (quad) and Brad Wanamaker (ankle) are probable. Jaylen Brown (ankle), Gordon Hayward (foot) and Kemba Walker (knee) are questionable. Daniel Theis (ankle) and Robert Williams (hip) are out.
Chris Forsberg: Kemba Walker didn’t seem overly concerned about his lingering knee soreness. Said he had gotten imaging on the knee earlier this season but not recently.
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.
July 3, 2022 | 11:25 pm EDT Update
If a trade is possible, would the leaders of the locker room welcome Durant? According to multiple sources, they would, for the same reason they embraced him in 2016. “I mean,” one source said, “it’s freaking Kevin Durant.” The Warriors superstars have been in conversations with Durant. In addition to catching up, the Hall of Fame-bound peers did entertain the idea of a reunion.
The Warriors could undoubtedly put together one of the best packages for a Durant trade. And for a front office known for unearthing every stone, they’d have to vet the chance to add Durant. With that said, according to multiple sources in the Warriors organization, a reunion is highly unlikely. Nothing about the last three years suggests the Warriors would be willing to pay the price for a KD return. That price is likely (and reportedly) an All-Star-caliber player, young talent and a heap of draft picks.
This isn’t a case where the Warriors stars are pressing the front office to go acquire Durant. Sources made it clear they are fine defending their title with Wiggins, Poole and the young players they’ve been grooming to win with them. But if the universe somehow sets it up so legends reunite, they’d be open to it.
David Hardisty: Woj says Brooklyn has “no traction” on a deal for KD or Kyrie. They’re being patient because they “don’t have to trade either”, though that’s not their ideal scenario. Nets trying to get the “biggest haul of assets that they can” and “there’s a lot more talks coming.”
Lionel Hollins, the long-time Memphis Grizzlies head coach through the Grit and Grind era, will join Rockets coaching staff six years after he and Stephen Silas sought to team up on the Houston bench a person with knowledge of the Rockets additions to the coaching staff said on Sunday.
The Rockets will also promote Mahmoud Abdelfattah after he led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the G League championship. Abdelfattah was a Vipers assistant coach in their 2018-19 G League championship season and was promoted to head coach the following season. Mike Batiste, a Wizards assistant who like Hollins played at Arizona State, will also join the Rockets staff.
Tony Jones: Utah Jazz head video coordinator Charles Allen has accepted a job with the Sacramento Kings under new coach Mike Brown, according to league sources. He will be the head video coordinator and a special assistant to the head coach