Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Notebook: Hornets' Walker Limited as Camp Opens

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Notebook: Hornets' Walker Limited as Camp Opens

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Hornets' Walker limited as team opens camp

Kemba Walker wants to be an NBA All-Star.

But the Charlotte Hornets' steadily improving 6-foot point guard knows he has to get healthy first, which means resting his surgically repaired knee a little longer. Walker was limited to non- contract drills as the Hornets opened training camp on Tuesday at their downtown arena.

"I hate it. ... You know how much of a competitor I am. But it's the smart thing to do at this time (because) I don't want to have any setbacks," said Walker, adding that he hopes to be 100 percent for the start of the regular season.

The 26-year-old Walker is coming off the best season of his five- year NBA career, averaging a 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game in 2015-16 while shooting a career-best 42.7 percent from the field.

Walker finished second in the voting for Most Improved Player, battling through knee pain near the end of the season and leading the Hornets to a 48-win season that culminated in a Game 7 loss to the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. …

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