Kemba Walker’s first game of the 2020-21 NBA season was a 30-point loss to the New York Knicks. Not exactly a stellar start.
But it was still encouraging to see the Boston Celtics point guard in action Sunday as he aims to put a nagging knee injury behind him. While Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have played like superstars this season, the Celtics may need another elite playmaker and scorer to make waves in the Eastern Conference.
Can Walker rise to the physical challenge of playing at a high level and the mental challenge of being third fiddle behind Tatum and Brown? Longtime NBA reporter Steve Bulpett, who joined NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg on the latest Celtics Talk Podcast, is optimistic about the latter aspect.
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“There are other point guards in the NBA whom I worry about shoulders-up. Kemba Walker is not one of them,” Bulpett told Forsberg. “I think last year was difficult on Kemba. … Kemba came into a situation last year where he was that guy in Charlotte and he comes to Boston and he’s got to fit in more. And he was willing to do that, but I think there’s still an acclimation period to it.
” … I think he’ll be fine. I think he’ll be a guy who promotes ball movement, who takes his shot…