Celtics’ Marcus Smart reveals Kemba Walker had been dealing with a neck issue since Team USA stint
Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker looked like he suffered a terrible neck injury after crashing into Semi Ojeleye’s chest in their game against the Denver Nuggets. Fans then watched in horror as the 29-year-old was stretched off the floor.
To make things worse, Marcus Smart revealed that Boston’s top summer acquisition had been dealing with a neck issue since the summer when they were playing together for Team USA during the FIBA World Cup.
Marcus Smart said Kemba Walker had been dealing with a neck issue dating back to this summer when both were with Team USA.
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Kemba was an important part of the Team USA that severely underperformed in China. He was leading the team alongside Donovan Mitchell and Myles Turner, putting on a brave fight in spite of the doubts that surrounded the team throughout their run in the tournament.
Since he was with Team USA, Walker didn’t get enough time to rest his body and go through rehabilitation for his neck. This would have been enough to send Boston fans to a frenzy and blame Team USA for their star’s injury.
However, Brad Stevens clarified any rumors about the guard’s injury, saying that the results didn’t show any significant damage to his neck or head.
Walker has been meeting expectations with his play. He is averaging 22.6 points, 49 rebounds and 4.8 assists every game. His on- and off-court leadership is highly valued by the Celtics, and they will certainly miss him should he be sidelined due to the recent incident.