Kemba Walker: I'll be back better than ever

Ryan Hannable
July 17, 2020 - 8:12 am

There's been a lot of discussion surrounding Kemba Walker of late and his injured knee, which has kept him out of practices in Orlando as the Celtics gear up for the NBA's restart.

The All-Star had his left knee drained and received Synvisc injections to help calm down swelling and soreness a few months back, which caused him to miss 10 games prior to the league's shutdown.

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Walker spoke to reporters via Zoom Thursday and admitted it's been frustrating missing games, but after the long break he's ready to come back "better than ever."

“It’s definitely pretty frustrating, just because I’m not a guy who misses many games, especially throughout the course of my career,” he said. “I’m not really concerned much, honestly, because I’m trending upwards and I’m getting better and I’m getting closer to a return. So, yeah, I’m fine. And I’ll be back better than ever, I think.”

The All-Star also spoke about playing with Jayson Tatum, who has had a breakout season, and he's looking forward to what the two can do when back out on the court.

“I think we can be pretty tough, for sure,” Walker said. “Since he’s been killing it the way he’s been, I haven’t really been able to help out like I really wanted to, so yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to coming back and making an impact on my teammates and just being readier than I was before the season ended.”

The Celtics will return to action July 31 against the Bucks.

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