“In fairness to Kemba, he doesn’t want to say that. He doesn’t say that to our coaches. He doesn’t say that to you, the media. He doesn’t say that to me. I haven’t heard one excuse from him. But watching the games, even the games we won, even the games where he played well, I could tell he wasn’t the same physically as he was in October, November, December. So we’re going to try to get that Kemba back.”
Walker averaged 20.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds last season. The four-time All-Star played the previous eight seasons for the Charlotte franchise.
Walker first mentioned knee soreness to the Celtics before the All-Star Game in February. At that point, he had the knee drained of fluid and received an injection of Synvisc.
The Celtics also confirmed Tuesday that guard Romeo Langford will miss the start of the season as he continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. He underwent the procedure on Sept. 22, with a recovery time of four to five months.
The No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Langford averaged 2.5 points and 11.6 minutes per game over 32 games as a rookie.
–Field Level Media