Kemba Walker speaks on 0-28 record vs. LeBron James
Kemba Walker has gone his entire career without getting the best of LeBron James. It might be one of the most obscure tidbits about the otherwise highly decorated Boston Celtics point guard, but Walker has gone an awful 0-28 when facing James.
Ahead of a Celtics matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Walker is hoping he can finally pull the thorn from his skin:
“I don’t know the exact numbers, but I know I’ve never beat him,” Walker said recently when asked about his record against James, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
Walker acknowledges just how good LeBron is:
“What can I say? The guy was the best player to play in my league, in my generation,” Walker said. “He’s been the greatest player over the last, what, 15 years?
“So, yeah. It is what it is.”
Former Charlotte Hornets teammate Frank Kaminsky thinks that 0-28 record bugs Walker, and a massive part of those 28 straight losses was his loyalty to Charlotte, where the star guard played for the past eight seasons of his career. While there isn’t anything magical about game No. 29, he now boasts a much more capable supporting cast, with players next to him such as Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, and Jaylen Brown, who is likely to return against the Lakers after missing the last two games with a thumb sprain.
Walker missed Saturday’s game with left knee soreness but should be back to take on the LeBron challenge again, hoping the new decade has a new fortune in store for him.
However, the Celtics have lost three in a row and six of their last eight, while the Lakers have cruised to win 10 of their last 11 games. The Lakers also boast the inside presence and size the Celtics so direly lack, making this chance one Walker will have to earn to get the proverbial monkey off his back.