NBA Rumor: Kemba Walker Injury

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According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, who covered Walker during his eight seasons with the Hornets, the tricky part will be getting Walker to buy into a slow ramp-up. “Kemba is so tough that he is genuinely his own worst enemy,” Bonnell told NBC Sports Boston co-hosts Chris Forsberg and Kyle Draper on a new Celtics Talk Podcast. ” … Kemba was determined to play all 82 games in the season before this, and he did. That was not a good idea. It was a pride thing to him. In the long haul, that doesn’t make sense. “There were definitely times when (Hornets coach) Steve Clifford would say to Kemba, ‘Look, you need to tell us when you’re not feeling right and that knee is bothering you, and let us be party to the decision about whether you should sit down for a game or two.’ “

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.

Kemba Walker's knee looks better

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.

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.”

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.

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.”
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