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Walker makes unexpected return

Posted By Jessica Camerato On November 11, 2009 @ 11:19 pm In General | No Comments

Bill Walker [1] didn’t expect to hear his name called on Wednesday night. Even though he felt ready to play, he didn’t know if Doc Rivers [2] felt the same.

‘€œActually I think he wanted me to get one more practice in, get more acclimated with everything before he wanted to put me in, but he just happened to put me in,’€ said Walker following the Celtics 105-86 win over the Jazz [3].

Walker had not played in the regular season since tearing the meniscus in his right knee during training camp. But with Brian Scalabrine [4] sidelined, Rivers turned to Walker to give Rasheed Wallace [5] a rest. He checked into his first game with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

‘€œI felt ready,’€ he said. ‘€œI felt pretty good after Monday’s practice. One thing that was missing was probably my conditioning. It’s a different type of conditioning from just running to actually getting out there, trying to dodge guys, getting hit, that type of thing. I’ll be fine though.’€

Walker, who has suffered several knee injuries in the past, will take all the precautions to make avoid any irritation.

‘€œIcing and rest, just get off my legs,’€ he explained. ‘€œJust take advantage of the down time we have and come in early tomorrow, get treatment, still work on everything I need to work on on my lower body.’€

As Walker works his way back on to the court, he will judge his progress in practice. There is one play he looks forward to accomplishing again.

‘€œYou finally get out there and you’re chasing Ray [Allen [6]] off a screen and you’re in front of him when he comes off of it,’€ he said with a laugh. ‘€œThat’s a signal because not a lot of guys can do that. But I don’t know, it’s just getting out there and playing and not really favoring or thinking about your injury. That’s when you know you’re back.’€


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[4] Brian Scalabrine: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brian-scalabrine.htm

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[6] Ray [Allen: http://media.weei.com/basketball/ray-allen-celtics.htm

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