Kemba Walker Injury: Updates on Hornets Star's Knee and Return

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Charlotte Hornets star point guard Kemba Walker underwent knee surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus. Walker is making his return vs. Sacramento in a bench role after missing 18 games.

Continue for updates.


Walker to Return Off Bench for Hornets

Wednesday, March 11

Walker is slated to return off the bench for the Hornets Wednesday night for the first time since knee surgery in January, via Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer. Bonnell noted that Walker will play about nine minutes per half.

Walker participated in full practice on Saturday, the first time he's done so since having knee surgery in January, TheScore.com's Chris Toman reported.

On March 4, the Hornets announced that Walker had begun participating in basketball activities with no restrictions, leaving a return to the practice floor as the next step in his recovery.


Walker Expected to Miss Minimum of Six Weeks After Surgery

Wednesday, Jan. 28

The Hornets announced Walker underwent knee surgery and will be out at least six weeks:

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The procedure was completed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Walker's recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six weeks.

Walker is an offensive spark Charlotte can't easily replace, as he averaged 19.2 points and 5.4 assists per contest. Given the scant firepower on the rest of the Hornets roster, the team will miss Walker's ability to create his own shot and generate chances for others off dribble penetration.

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