May 9, 2016, 8:50 am
Hornets point guard Kemba Walker went under the knife this morning to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, according to Hornets PR.
It’s the same meniscus he tore and underwent surgery for in January 2015. Recurring knee issues are always a concern, especially for a young player of Walker’s explosiveness.
While it’s unknown when the tear occurred, knowledge of Walker’s injury makes his playoff performance all the more impressive. Walker averaged 22.7 points per game in the first round against Miami, including a huge 34 point performance in a game 3 win and 37 more in a game 6 defeat at the hands of the Heat.
Walker experienced a breakout season as the Hornets’ lead guard. He averaged 20.9 points per game, surpassing his previous career high of 17.7. Walker also worked to improve his efficicency, shooting 42.7% from the field after shooting only 38.5% last season. Walker also improved his three point shooting percentage from 30.4% to 37.1%, so the Hornets have to be pleased with Walker’s development. Kemba is well on his way to joining the upper tier of NBA point guards, so hopefully the knee issue doesn’t alter his trajectory at all.
He’ll return to basketball activities in July and should be ready for the start of camp.