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Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has knee surgery

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will be out of basketball activity until July, following left knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will be out of basketball activity until July, following left knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Getty Images

Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The Hornets described the surgery as successful and projected Walker would return to normal physical activity sometime in July.

Hornets team physician Dr. Marcus Cook performed Walker’s surgery at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte.

A source familiar with the situation told the Observer Walker’s surgery was more elective than something urgent. It was intended to relieve pain and wear and tear going forward.

Knee problems are nothing new for Walker, the Hornets’ starting point guard who finished second in NBA-wide balloting for Most Improved Player. He had surgery on the same knee in January of 2015, also to repair a torn meniscus. He returned to play in March after missing about six weeks.

Walker is coming off his best of five NBA seasons, having averaged 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He has three seasons left on a contract extension that pays him $12 million per season.

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