Kemba Walker had surgery last May to repair a torn meniscus. Invited to participate in this month’s NBA Basketball Without Border’s game in Johannesburg, South Africa, Walker initially stated he would attend but not play. But speaking with the Charlotte Observer via conference call on Thursday, Walker is re-considering:
“I’m not sure yet. My knee feels good,” Walker said on a conference call. “I want to play. I can play. I haven’t made a decision yet.”
Walker added there are no limitations on his physical activity. The decision is ultimately up to him.
Wanting to play is understandable, as is any uneasiness from anyone reading this debating whether playing is a good idea or not. Despite the arrival of Dwight Howard, the Charlotte Hornets success remains primarily on Walker. A set back in an exhibition wouldn’t be ideal.
Then again, it is just an exhibition. Walker won’t be playing near the level of a regular NBA game, and this does give him the opportunity to work off rust in a non-competitive environment. Instead of worrying about the worst case scenario, we could concede that Walker knows better than us on whether he should play or not?
But at the same time, if he’s weighing his decision, he could be thinking the same thing.
If he does play, you can watch him this Saturday at 11:00 am (EST) on ESPN 2.
Along with discussing his knee, Walker spoke at length about the trip. Having rarely traveled outside the country, Walker states his perspective has changed. I recommend checking out the full interview.