Kemba Walker’s 1-word reaction to questions about his knee injury
Kemba Walker is back and, as it seems, better than ever. The Boston Celtics star has returned after missing the first 11 games of the season due to a stem cell procedure in his left knee, which sidelined him for a total of 12 weeks. After two games, Walker is looking great out there on the floor.
After their 117-109 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, Walker opened up on how different he feels with a healthy body. When asked what he can do now that he couldn’t do when his knee wasn’t at 100% a few months ago, his response was clear and concise (via Jay King of The Athletic).
Kemba Walker on what he can do now that he couldn’t do a few months ago when his knee was hurting: “Everything.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 21, 2021
This should be a welcome development for the Celtics who’ve been looking for some semblance of luck in terms of their health. Superstar forward Jayson Tatum has been missing action due to COVID-19, which means Walker’s return couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.
Walker’s second game back was solid. He posted 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from long range and dished out six assists in 22 minutes of action against the Sixers. Obviously, Brad Stevens want to manage Walker’s numbers as he slowly gets his groove back. But it’s pretty clear that the former Connecticut standout is an integral piece to the Celtics’ title hopes.
Though the C’s have lost two games since his return, having a healthy Kemba Walker will only bode well for them as the season progresses. With Gordon Hayward departing for the Charlotte Hornets, the Celtics will be relying on Walker to step up more than ever and help out the duo of Tatum and Jaylen Brown.