How NBA going away for months was a good thing for Kemba Walker

Ryan Hannable
July 02, 2020 - 10:50 am

While the NBA shutting down for months due to COVID-19 certainly wasn't ideal, it was a good thing in a way for Celtics guard Kemba Walker.

The NBA All-Star had missed six games after the All-Star break due to a left knee injury, which was drained at one point, and there was concerns with how to balance rest and playing ahead of the postseason.

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Speaking to reporters via Zoom Wednesday, Walker explained how he needed the break and is now feeling good.

“It was super important for me,” he said. “I really, really needed to get that break. It definitely helped me get back to myself and start to feel comfortable on my knee. It was a very unfortunate time, but it was in my best interests for sure.”

Walker spent the time in Charlotte rehabbing and seems to be back to full health.

“I’m pretty comfortable with the way the schedule is,” Walker said. “I’m just going to keep on taking care of myself. That’s really all I can do, so I’m just going to stay on top of things and take it day-by-day.”

The Celtics' first game back is July 31 against the Bucks.

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