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Celtics star Kemba Walker provides update on knee injury as return date looms

Kemba Walker, Celtics

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kemba Walker provided an update Thursday on the status of his knee injury as he nears a return to the court.

Walker said his knee is in a far better place than it was over the summer:

Walker was placed on a 12-week strengthening program after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee in October.

The Celtics cleared Walker to return to practice last Friday. A slew of postponed games due to COVID-19 concerns has prevented the team from playing a game since then. The team has several players in quarantine, and Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams have tested positive.

Celtics president Danny Ainge also addressed Walker’s status on Thursday:

“The challenge with Kemba is, he’s working but he hasn’t really played basketball,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “With all of these tests that have come back and our inability to practice and do 1-on-0 workouts, it’s hard to get Kemba the real basketball reps he needs to get back on the court to play a game.”

Walker fully rejoined the team on Thursday, and head coach Brad Stevens had positive reviews for the star guard:

“He’s been able to continue to do his rehab and strengthening. His strengthening has been fantastic,” Stevens told reporters. “He was able to go full-go with us for an hour today.”

Ainge said he still isn’t sure when Walker will make his season debut. Boston is 7-3 through 10 games.