Is Kemba Walker Completely Healthy for NBA 2021-22? Major Update for Knicks Fans

Published 08/20/2021, 5:05 PM EDT
Jan 17, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket against the New York Knicks in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


After being drafted by Charlotte Bobcats, now Charlotte Hornets, Kemba Walker spent eight seasons in North Carolina. He recently signed with New York Knicks after being waived by Oklahoma City Thunder. Walker injured his knee last season and missed the final two playoff games for Boston. However, NBA correspondent Marc Stein has said that Kemba Walker is healthy ahead of the new season.

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May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) drives the ball defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) during the first quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker spent eight seasons in Charlotte and signed with the Celtics in 2019 on a four-season deal. However, after two seasons, the Celtics traded him to Oklahoma City Thunder. The Celtics also traded the 2021 NBA draft first-round pick and 2025 draft second-round pick.

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Oklahoma got Al Horford, Moses Brown, and a 2023 NBA draft second-round pick. However, Oklahoma waived Walker. The Knicks pounced upon the opportunity and signed him ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Marc Stein provides a major update on Kemba Walker return

NBA correspondent Marc Stein has revealed on his website that Walker is healthy enough for the coming season according to his sources. Walker played 43 regular-season games with the Celtics, starting all of them. He also featured in three playoff games. But he injured his left knee, which ruled him out for the next two games.

Boston Celtics lost the first-round series in five games. They crashed out of the championship by losing 1-4 vs Brooklyn Nets. Following the loss, the Celtics included Walker in a trade deal with Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder waived him and the Kicks signed him after few days.

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May 25, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker (8) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets power forward Kevin Durant (7) and power forward Blake Griffin (2) and point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter of game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kemba Walker’s injury

Walker was ruled out for six weeks during the 2014-15 NBA season, after undergoing successful surgery in his left knee. The surgery was performed to repair a torn lateral meniscus on Walker’s left knee. In less than 2 months, Walker recovered from his injury. The injury disturbed Walker again at the start of the 2020-21 NBA season.

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He was given a stem cell injection in his left knee. This sidelined him early in the 2020-21 season. He came back and played 46 games before the injury came back to haunt him again during the post-season. There’s no doubt over Kemba Walker’s talent and if fit he can a dangerous player. It’ll be interesting to see how Walker contributes to the Knicks’ side this season.

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Abhishek Singh

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