Kemba Walker had knee surgery back in January, and the Hornets were hopeful at the time that he would be ready to return within six weeks.
Almost right on schedule, Walker will be back in the Charlotte lineup on Wednesday when the Hornets host the Kings.
Walker, who recovered from surgery for a torn meniscus, is expected to come off the bench and play on a minutes restriction. Hornets coach Steve Clifford wants Walker to play 8-9 minutes per half.
“It sounds good,” Walker said with a smile. “But knowing Clifford, he might keep me out there for about 30 minutes tonight. He told me nine minutes a half so I’ll just work my way back. It’s no big deal at all.” …
“I’m really confident,” Walker said. “I’ve been working hard with my trainers to get back. They put me through a lot of things to get my leg stronger so I’m really comfortable right now.”
The Hornets have been surging lately, winning six out of seven before Monday’s blowout loss at the hands of the Wizards.
Walker is averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 35.6 minutes per contest for the Hornets this season.