#NEBHInjuryReport Kemba Walker has been cleared to begin practicing with the team.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 8, 2021
Further updates on his status will be provided as appropriate.
Kemba Walker hasn’t played since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on September 27th and for most of last season, his knee had been bothering him.
“To be honest, it wasn’t good. I wasn’t myself,” Walker said. “I played through it and I was able to get through it. … It was tough, but you know a lot of guys are banged up. Everybody’s hurt. I try not to make excuses.”
Brad Stevens discusses Kemba Walker's availability. pic.twitter.com/ZR1SVmHARv— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) January 8, 2021
Walker is currently on a 12-week strengthening program that was supposed to near conclusion at the end of January. “I don’t think he’s too far. He looks great, the he’s been here after coming straight from the FIBA games,” Brad Stevens said before tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards. “He looks great and has been pain-free for a couple of months.” Despite enthusiasm about Walker’s eventual return, Stevens cautions that the team will slowly work him back into the rotation.
Last season, Walker averaged 21.8 points on 38.8% shooting from behind the arc and 5 assists before the All Star break. In the Orlando bubble and the playoffs, his numbers dropped to 19.6 points on 31 3FG%. When he returns, he’ll give a boost to a Celtics’ offense that is currently 8th in the league with a 112.8 offensive ratings. Per The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, the Celtics are targeting next Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic for Kemba’s first game of 2020-2021.