C's Walker cleared to practice; knee 'pain-free'

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Tim BontempsESPN

BOSTON — Celtics All-Star point guard Kemba Walker has been cleared to practice, the team announced Friday, and coach Brad Stevens says Walker’s troublesome left knee has been pain-free for “over a month.”

Walker’s left knee has been an ongoing issue for Boston going back for a calendar year, to January 2020. In the weeks leading up to last year’s All-Star Game, he was dealing with on-again, off-again discomfort in the knee. Then, after playing heavy minutes in the midseason showcase in Chicago, he looked awful before the league shutdown in March because of COVID-19.

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Then, when teams resumed practice in late June, Walker said he felt further discomfort in the knee, leading to the Celtics having him on a strict minutes limit during the team’s seeding games inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

After an up-and-down postseason, with Walker initially looking great against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round before running into more struggles against the Toronto Raptors and then the Miami Heat, he and the team agreed to have him go on a 12-week

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