Kemba Walker left Thursday night’s Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers game after hurting his thumb in the second quarter.
Walker was trying to make a move for the ball on offense and appeared to hurt his left thumb pushing off of Mike Scott. He was grimacing and holding his left hand over the next minute and left for the locker room.
Walker had 13 points on 5/8 shooting prior to exiting.
In his first season with Boston, Walker is averaging 22 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. His Celtics are 25-10 on the season and were leading Philly 55-48 at halftime.
Kemba Walker seems very fortunate after suffering a terrifying injury Friday.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said on Sunday that the All-Star guard did not practice but went through a series of progressions on the bike and in the weight room, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. Stevens also added that the team wanted to be extra cautious with Walker, who is listed as doubtful for Monday against the Sacramento Kings.
Walker had to be stretchered off in Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets after injuring his head and neck on a scary collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye. He was originally diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, which was then updated to a sprained neck.
All told, this has to be a best-case scenario for Walker and the Celtics, who can especially afford to be conservative with their elite 11-4 record on the season.
The injury news on Kemba Walker appears to be positive so far.
Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher after running into teammate Semi Ojeleye during the second quarter of Boston’s 96-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets. There was speculation that he had a neck injury, but the Celtics said the point guard was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Walker did not suffer a significant injury.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the testing Walker underwent yielded good results and that the guard seemed to be in good spirits.
This is all excellent news after the situation seemed extremely serious at first.
Kemba Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher Friday night after running into a teammate head-first.
Walker was chasing after a loose ball in the second quarter of Boston’s game at the Denver Nuggets and ran head-first into Semi Ojeleye. Walker went down to the ground and had to be carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a neck injury.
Walker’s teammates said a prayer for him after he got hurt.
Walker is in his first season with the Celtics after signing a four-year, $141 million contract with them over the offseason. Kemba has averaged 22.6 points per game amid Boston’s hot 11-3 start.
Kemba Walker was emotional during his return to Charlotte on Thursday night.
Walker was drafted by the Hornets franchise in 2011 and spent eight seasons with the team before leaving to sign with the Boston Celtics in free agency. His new team visited his old team at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, and Walker was emotional during introductions. You could see him get teary-eyed:
Walker wanted to remain with the Hornets, but team owner Michael Jordan has a strict rule about not going beyond the salary cap, so the team did not re-sign the three-time All-Star guard due to contract issues.
Walker was a really good player for the Hornets during his eight seasons with the team and left because the team would not pay him as much as Boston would. The fans understand that, which is why he received such a warm reception. He appeared to be touched by it.
Kemba Walker is continuing the rich tradition of Walkers playing for the Boston Celtics, and he has officially gotten the thumbs-up from the OG.
Addressing reporters on Wednesday, the new Celtics guard said that he got the blessing to wear the No. 8 jersey for the Celtics from previous holder Antoine Walker, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN.
Kemba, who agreed to a four-year, $141 million max contract with Boston this summer, used to wear No. 15 for the Charlotte Hornets. Antoine, meanwhile, sported the No. 8 jersey for the Celtics throughout his seven seasons with them from 1996 to 2003, making two All-Star teams over that span.
Getting the blessing of prior jersey owner is far from unheard of — even LeBron James asked permission from the Lakers’ previous No. 23.
Kemba Walker immediately becomes one of the Boston Celtics’ key players upon signing with them, but he knows that he has a lot to learn in certain aspects that some teammates could help him with.
Walker appeared in just two playoff series while playing for Charlotte, losing both of them. That’s why he intends to check in with some of his Celtic teammates who have had deeper playoff runs to find out what it takes to win there.
Walker is expected to assume a leadership role in Boston, but this shows just how good of a teammate has has the potential to be. Despite the fact that the likes of Brown and Tatum are much younger and less accomplished, they have both played big minutes in an Eastern Conference Finals series that they nearly won. Walker wants to know what that’s like.
It’s a good sign early in Walker’s career that he’ll be the type of leader and teammate the front office envisions. That would be a far cry from Kyrie Irving, who seemed to alienate everyone in the organization instead.
The Boston Celtics officially announced Kemba Walker as a member of their team over the weekend, and fans who have been supporting them for at least the last 15 years or so may have a chance to show love to their All-Star point guard without spending a dime.
Walker wore No. 15 during his time at UConn and with the Charlotte Hornets, but that number is retired for Tom Heinsohn in Boston. Instead, Walker will wear No. 8 with the Celtics. You may recall that he is not the first Walker to wear No. 8 in Boston.
That would be Antoine Walker, a three-time All-Star who was a fan favorite with the Celtics in the late-1990s and early-2000s. Fortunately, Boston has classic uniforms and hasn’t changed its look since Walker was with the team. That means anyone who has an Antoine Walker jersey hanging around can wear it to support Kemba Walker, and no one will know the difference.
Antoine Walker may have become the butt of some jokes since he retired, but he’s about to become popular again by default.
The Boston Celtics know they’ll be losing Kyrie Irving and getting Kemba Walker, but they’re reportedly interested in some extra maneuvering to help themselves in the free agent market.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Celtics are interested in a sign-and-trade that would send Irving to the Brooklyn Nets and Terry Rozier to the Charlotte Hornets. This would allow the Celtics to create a full mid-level exception to bring in another supporting free agent.
This is why the Celtics have not yet renounced the rights to Rozier, a restricted free agent. Given that Rozier has interest elsewhere, he may not be happy about it, but with Boston still in control of his rights, there’s not a lot he can do. While not close, it’s a glimpse into the chatter going on behind the scenes to make all this roster shuffling work in an efficient way for everyone.
Kemba Walker is planning to leave the Charlotte Hornets for the Boston Celtics, as expected.
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Walker has informed the Hornets that he intends to join the Boston Celtics once he can sign a free agent contract on July 6.
Shams Charania of The Athletic added that Walker will sign a four-year, $141 million max deal with Boston.
This more or less officially seals Kyrie Irving’s departure from Boston, as Walker is essentially his replacement. It’s also a huge blow to Charlotte, who wanted to keep Walker but seemingly low-balled him in initial negotiations.
Walker averaged a career-best 25.6 points per game last season and will immediately become the focal point of Boston’s new lineup.