The good news is Kemba Walker’s left knee has gotten plenty of rest since the NBA hit the pause button on the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
But how good is the knee as far as him playing on it?
Walker has no idea.
With no face-to-face access to the Celtics’ strength and conditioning coaches or use of the practice facility, the four-time All-Star is trying to make do with what he has to work with.
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“The knee is doing well,” Walker told NBC Sports Boston. “It’s difficult because I don’t have anyone around to give me treatments or anything like that. I have to do my own stuff which I’m trying to do as much as possible; try to stay on top of things.”
Walker returned from the All-Star break in February with swelling in his left knee, resulting in him having the knee drained in addition to an injection of Synvisc which aids in the minimization of swelling and soreness that Walker was dealing with at the time.
After the break, Boston kept Walker sidelined for the first five games while he returned to action in four of the last five.
In those four games, he averaged just 14.8 points along with 4.3 assists while shooting 30.5 percent (18-for-59) from the field and 25 percent (9-for-36) from 3-point range. He tallied 17 assists in those four games, but turned the ball over 10 times.
Like most of us, Walker is spending his time at home, hoping the NBA season will resume sooner rather than later.
“At this point it’s all about discipline,” he said.