Kemba Walker spent eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets. So naturally, he learned quite a bit from owner Michael Jordan. The Boston Celtics star blossomed in Charlotte, going from 12.1 to 25.6 points per game in nearly a decade with the squad. Walker says he learned a lot from Jordan during his first several seasons…Kemba Walker Reveals What He Learned From Michael Jordan In Charlotte — NESN.com
Michael Jordan has impacted the careers of plenty of NBA players both past and present. Kemba Walker is one of those players, and he’s proud to have learned from the best. Before joining the Boston Celtics in 2019, Walker spent eight seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, which Jordan owns. Walker had always looked up to…Kemba Walker Reveals How Michael Jordan Changed His Life As NBA Player — NESN.com
First-year Celtic Kemba Walker has came up with a unique, and somewhat educational, way to help the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The All-Star point guard announced on Instagram on Tuesday that he has teamed up with JBL Headphones to provide Boston-area children with earphones, in hopes to enhance their virtual learning procedures amid the pandemic.…Celtics’ Kemba Walker Makes Donation To Boston-Area Kids Amid Coronavirus — NESN.com
Before Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics last summer, he figured he’d end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks. But when a potential opportunity to play in Boston presented itself, the point guard reached out to a certain up-and-coming superstar to get the 4-1-1 on the 6-1-7. It…Jayson Tatum Helped Sell Kemba Walker On Signing With Boston Celtics — NESN.com
Before Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics last summer, he figured he’d end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks. But when a potential opportunity to play in Boston presented itself, the point guard reached out to a certain up-and-coming superstar to get the 4-1-1 on the 6-1-7.
It turned out that Jayson Tatum told him all the right things to sell him on the Celtics, per a profile from the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsback. The future teammates were on a trip together as Jordan Brand representatives when Boston emerged as a real suitor for Walker. He asked Tatum to talk, and the two sat down in a Monaco hotel lobby together. “Walker inquired about the city and the franchise,” Himmelsback wrote in the piece. “He wondered whether the other Celtics would welcome him. Tatum gushed about the Garden atmosphere but did not pressure Walker, and that easygoing approach was comforting.”
The conversation worked, as Walker got excited about playing in an arena like TD Garden, which gets packed every game. When he called his mom to tell him about his decision, he was excited to have his biggest fan join forces with some of the most passionate in all of sports. “Mom, you don’t have to cheer by yourself anymore,” Walker said. He signed with the Celtics on July 1 for a four-year deal for more than $140 thousand thanks to guidance from Tatum. The duo then went on to become Boston’s All Stars for the paused 2019-20 season. Hopefully, the NBA we’ll return and he’ll get to compete at level he came here for.
It sounds like Kemba Walker just wants to play. It’s unclear when the NBA season will resume, but several team and league officials told SI.com that any chance of a traditional postseason is out, suggesting this year’s path to the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy could get weird. NBC Sports Boston recently floated the idea of…Celtics’ Kemba Walker Down To Get Wild With Revamped NBA Playoff Format — NESN.com
t sounds like Kemba Walker just wants to play. It’s unclear when the NBA season will resume, but several team and league officials told SI.com that any chance of a traditional postseason is out, suggesting this year’s path to the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy could get weird.
NBC Sports Boston recently floated the idea of a single-elimination playoff format — a la the NCAA Tournament — to Walker, and the Celtics point guard acknowledged he’s open to such a change.
“I guess I wouldn’t mind it,” Walker said. “I love to hoop. At this point it doesn’t really matter because of the way things went and suddenly the season just got postponed.”
The NBA suspended its season indefinitely on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Several other players since have tested positive, including Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and a dark cloud of uncertainty continues to hang over the entire sports landscape as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.
But sports will return at some point, and the hope is the NBA will be able to salvage its 2019-20 campaign, even if that requires radical changes to the usual postseason format. If nothing else, a one-and-done tourney sure would be entertaining, and Walker already knows a thing or two about thriving under such conditions, having won a national championship with UConn in 2011.
“It would be fun,” Walker told NBC Sports Boston. “It would be different.”
The Celtics (43-21) currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, trailing just the Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) and Toronto Raptors (46-18). All three teams have clinched playoff spots. Walker, an All-Star in his first season with the Celtics, also told NBC Sports Boston he’s “doing well” with his lingering knee issue during the current sports pause. More Celtics: How C’s Staff Prepares For NBA
The Boston Celtics just can’t seem to get a clean bill of health. Kemba Walker, who has missed the last five games with a sore knee, practiced Monday and could play in a limited capacity Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets, according to the Celtics. Obviously, that’s very good news for a Celtics team that went…Celtics Injuries: Good News On Kemba Walker, Bad News On Jayson Tatum — NESN.com
However, the positive update came alongside news of Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum both missing practice due to undisclosed illnesses. Their respective statuses for Tuesday night are uncertain.
Kemba Walker injury: Danny Ainge gives update on Celtics star’s knee Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has missed four consecutive games with a left knee injury, including Wednesday night’s 114-103 win over the Utaz Jazz on the road. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge gave an update on Walker’s knee during his weekly […]Kemba Walker injury: Danny Ainge gives update on Celtics star’s knee — High Velocity Sport
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge gave an update on Walker’s knee during his weekly Thursday morning appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” show, and he doesn’t seem too worried about the situation.
“We’re just taking it day by day, and we’re being very cautious with Kemba,” Ainge said. “We feel like we need Kemba to be his best self, and right now, we don’t think that he can sustain what he wants to do. But we are confident that his knee is going to be fine and that he’ll be ready to go at some point in the near future.”
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics walked out the winners Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, but there was bigger news being announced in the middle of the game. Kevin Garnett’s No. 5 officially will be retired by the Celtics during the 2020-2021 season. His former coach, current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, didn’t even…Doc Rivers, Kemba Walker React To Celtics Retiring Kevin Garnett’s Number — NESN.com
First-year Boston Celtic Kemba Walker spoke to the media on Friday morning, prior to the Celtics hosting the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden at night, and said he enjoyed how the team had played for each other. Not with — as in taking the floor together– but for — as in competing hard every night…Brad Stevens Says Celtics’ Kemba Walker Is ‘A Guy Who Gets It’ — NESN.com
The Boston Celtics have had plenty of experience playing at less than full health this season. They’ll add to that on Wednesday night as the Cs host the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. The Celtics will be without starting point guard Kemba Walker, fellow guard Marcus Smart, as well as a new addition in Daniel…Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis Out As Celtics Host Magic Wednesday — NESN.com
The Boston Celtics could be without their top player Saturday night. Kemba Walker might be out when the Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden in a clash of Eastern Conference powerhouses. The Celtics on Friday released an injury report, and Walker was listed as questionable with left knee soreness. The point guard did not…Celtics Injury Report: Kemba Walker Added Ahead Of Game Vs. 76ers — NESN.com
The Boston Celtics could have packed things in during the second quarter Friday night, and few would have bat an eye. But they didn’t and they earned a win because of it. Down by as many as 16 in the second against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, the Celtics surged back to shrink the…Celtics Notes: Kemba Walker, Boston’s ‘Will’ Spurs Impressive Comeback Vs. Magic — NESN.com