Chris Grenham of Forbes (formerly CLNS Media) joins Evan Valenti on Celtics Beat this week to discuss the loss of Kemba Walker to knee injury, likely until at least February. They talked about the long term concerns over the injury that doesn’t seem to go away, going on one year.
Then the show turned to replacement options at the point like Jeff Teague and rookie Payton Pritchard. They wrapped reacting to Boston signing former Jayson Tatum Duke teammate Amile Jefferson, seemingly after Tatum tweeted “sign him!!!” Is Tatum taking on bigger personnel influence with the team?
How worried are you about Kemba Walker’s knee?
Kemba Walker received a stem cell injection in October and the Celtics announced last week that he’ll miss until January as Boston prepares to move on to options like Jeff Teague and rookie Payton Pritchard. Chris Grenham joined Celtics Beat to discuss if Kemba can ever get back to form and how big of a long term concern his knee injury is becoming nearly one year after it emerged. Boston tried to rest him in February, July and will again follow that route with a new treatment as Walker says he’ll stay patient.
Jayson Tatum gets Amile Jefferson a Celtics deal
Jayson Tatum retweeted former Duke star Amile Jefferson’s Team USA highlights with the message “sign him!!!” Five days later, despite the Maine Red Claws being unlikely to play this season, the Boston Celtics signed Jefferson as a training camp invite. Is Tatum now a part of Celtics personnel decisions after he signed a five year extension with the team? Evan Valenti and Chris Grenham discuss on Celtics Beat.
Can Payton Pritchard fill in for Kemba?
Celtics Beat discussed Kemba Walker’s knee injury this week and the ways Boston might be able to make up for his loss. Payton Pritchard spoke and said that he’s not putting the pressure of Kemba’s loss on himself, though he may be forced to play more minutes than he otherwise would have anyway. Pritchard has studied the playbook and arrived at Celtics training camp early alongside fellow rookie Aaron Nesmith. Forbes draft analysis Chris Grenham joined Evan Valenti to discuss Pritchard’s game.