Injured Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker is confident he will be able to return to action in time for the NBA playoffs, although he acknowledged getting frustrated at times because of knee issues.
"It's definitely pretty frustrating, just because I'm not a guy who misses many games, especially throughout the course of my career," Walker said in article posted on ESPN.com.
The 30-year-old point guard, who has been easing his way back into practice at the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, has issues with his left knee.
"I'm not really concerned much, honestly, because I'm trending upwards and I'm getting better and I'm getting closer to a return," said Walker. "So, yeah, I'm fine. And I'll be back better than ever, I think."
Walker was bothered by discomfort in his left knee in February and March before the league-wide shutdown due to the pandemic.
Walker averaged 21.2 points, and 4.9 assists in his first season in Boston, but went 18-for-59 (30.7 percent) from the floor and just 9-for-36 (25%) from 3-point range after the NBA All-Star break.
"I can't really explain it, but it was a pain on the side of my knee that was bothering me," he said.
"Like I said, this is not normal for me, being out like this, but the smart way to go about things because I want to be at my best for my teammates and this organization when the regular season comes around and most definitely in the playoffs."
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