Kemba Walker lets guard down in quest to feel himself again

The scouting report on Kemba Walker has long suggested a player that sometimes doesn’t look out for his own well-being, someone who will play through pain just to stay on the court.

Which is why it was so jarring to hear Walker admit Wednesday that he wasn’t himself last season because of lingering soreness in his left knee. And, on the heels of a stem-cell injection, Walker said he’s on board with Boston’s plan to sit him out at the start of the 2020-21 season with the goal of getting his knee healthy before he returns to game action.

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“There’s no rush. There’s no rush on my end. I’m coming back when I need to come back, and when I’m feeling good to play. So that’s it,” Walker said near the end of his 11-minute Zoom chat with reporters from the Auerbach Center.

“I haven’t really been a guy who has been hurt over the course of my career. So this sucks. But I also love the game of basketball and I want to play at a high level in front of the fans who come to watch this game. So I want to be at my best. The last time in the playoffs, I wasn’t at my best, and that sucked. I don’t want to be that way…

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