The biggest story at Charlotte Bobcats practice Tuesday was about a guy who won’t play against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The way point guard Kemba Walker was moving around the Nuggets’ practice court, though, it shouldn’t be long. Quite possibly he’ll play on this four-game West Coast trip, perhaps even before the finale against the Golden State Warriors. Walker sprained his left ankle Jan. 18 against the Miami Heat. The injury was severe enough that he had to be carried off the court, but a diagnosis the next day put his recovery time at about two weeks. Tuesday he was running without any noticeable limp, and that seemed like a bit of a breakthrough. “This is the period when he’s making the most progress. So we’ll see,” coach Steve Clifford said. “Hopefully he’ll be able to do a little more tomorrow and maybe practice Thursday” in Los Angeles. That means it’s conceivable Walker could play as soon as Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, though Saturday against the Phoenix Suns or Tuesday against the Warriors seems more realistic. Walker told the Observer he’s been running since Sunday, at first on the anti-gravity treadmill that reduces stress on the legs. He shot extensively at the end of practice Tuesday and has begun to try side-to-side movement, normally the hardest thing after an ankle sprain. “I’m trying to do as much as I can on it without killing myself. I felt pretty good,” Walker said. “I’ve been doing really well in rehab, working a lot.
Bobcats guard Kemba Walker running, might practice Thursday
Charlotte Observer | Jan 29