Celtics’ Kemba Walker is out until January after stem cell injection to his knee

The Boston Celtics announced on Tuesday that Kemba Walker will be out until at least January after he was given a stem cell injection and put on a 12-week strengthening program.

“He saw some specialists over the last six or eight weeks, and they all came to the same conclusion, and I think that gave Kemba a great peace of mind as he went to different, really good doctors in our country and got the same opinions. He’s on a program, and he seems to be in a very good, happy spot,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics’ president of basketball operations.

After signing as a free agent to replace Kyrie Irving last summer, Walker spent the final part of the regular season in persistent pain in his left knee, especially after the All-Star break. Then the season was postponed on March 11.

By the time the playoffs rolled, however, Walker averaged 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 17 games for Boston.

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