Kemba Walker to Boston

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Yeah, I don't know how CBS can say that there's nothing "structural". From my experience of other people getting it, Synvisc (Synvisc-One) is given when people have chronic knee problems and stretching or PT stops helping. Of note, the injection isn't a long-term solution as even the FAQs for the drug says it lasts about six months. https://www.synviscone.com/what-is-synvisc-one/synvisc-faqs

Maybe someone else knows this but I had thought someone told me that they could only get a limited number of shots (2 or 3) but I can't find any confirmation of that on the internet.

At any rate, while I'm sure a lot of NBA players get this, Synvisc doesn't address any underlying problem and from what I understand simply delays knee surgery (See, e.g., https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4687851/).
Mike Lowell got a shot of Synvisc in 2010 when his hip started locking up on him after hip labrum surgery in 2008. For Lowell, it was pretty much the last option, and he retired at the end of the season.

Lowell will take a few days to weigh his options with Dr. Brian Kelly, the surgeon who performed his hip surgery in 2008. He said cortisone was likely to be a more viable option than the synthetic lubricant Synvisc, which Lowell said “gives you about three days of puppy love.’’
Let's hope Kemba Walker gets more than puppy love out of this.
 

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Curse of the 2011 "K draft" seems to be working its evil powers. Secular prayers up for Kemba. And get out the bubble wrap for Kawhi?
 

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Did not realize this until I read it today in a Herald article on Kemba:

He averaged 75.6 games over his eight seasons in Charlotte and played 322 of 328 possible games over the last four.
 

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Glad we got Mike Lowell's diagnosis.

Like cortisone and meniscus cleanups, Synvisc treatment doesn't tell us much per se and has a wide outcome set. And on this team, Kemba sitting a few games also tells us little.

Kemba not sitting a few games after a drain would confirm that shitheads are running the team, so at least we have that.
 

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Curse of the 2011 "K draft" seems to be working its evil powers. Secular prayers up for Kemba. And get out the bubble wrap for Kawhi?
Don't worry, Kevin already took some of the heat.
 

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Like cortisone and meniscus cleanups, Synvisc treatment doesn't tell us much per se and has a wide outcome set. And on this team, Kemba sitting a few games also tells us little.
Well, it tells us that Kemba has some sort of osteoarthritis and that he's going to need future injections to get through his contract.
 

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It does? Is that being reported? Apologies if I missed that.
From FAQs on Synvisc-One: https://www.synviscone.com/what-is-synvisc-one/synvisc-faqs

What is SYNVISC?
SYNVISC is a viscosupplement injection that supplements the fluid in your knee to help lubricate and cushion the joint, and can provide up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief with three injections.
When should I consider SYNVISC?
SYNVISC is for people with knee osteoarthritis who have not received enough pain relief from diet, exercise and over-the-counter pain medication. If you’ve tried these options and are still feeling knee pain, tell your doctor and ask if SYNVISC or Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) could help.
 

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Just because Synvisc is indicated for osteoarthritis, and Kemba is taking Synvisc, doesn't mean that Kemba has OA.
 

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Great article about Kemba's decision to come to Boston. I really love this guy as a player. He has the potential to become one of my favorite Celtics in a long time.

Tremendous article by Adam. I've been a Kemba fan since his UConn days. He always showed up and balled out in the biggest games. I was looking forward to watching him in the playoffs this year.
 

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Tremendous article by Adam. I've been a Kemba fan since his UConn days. He always showed up and balled out in the biggest games. I was looking forward to watching him in the playoffs this year.
As a Syracuse Big East fan at the time, i was most assuredly NOT a Kemba fan....but loved his game, and he became, in Charlotte, my favorite non Celtic player.
 

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That 2011 draft class had some crazy swings in value from pick to pick. Top players by VORP:

1. #15 Kawhi Leonard, 35.7
2. #30 Jimmy Butler, 29.7
3. #1 Kyrie Irving, 29.2
4. #9 Kemba Walker, 27.5
5. #16 Nikola Vucevic, 17.7
6. #60 Isaiah Thomas, 16.5
7. #11 Klay Thompson, 14.2
8. #19 Tobias Harris, 13.8
9. #38 Chandler Parsons, 10.8

That's wilder than most in recent memory. Usually about half of the top 10 becomes some sort of a useful player. To have more than one second-rounder end up among the best picks (including #60 for crying out loud) is just weird.
 

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That 2011 draft class had some crazy swings in value from pick to pick. Top players by VORP:

1. #15 Kawhi Leonard, 35.7
2. #30 Jimmy Butler, 29.7
3. #1 Kyrie Irving, 29.2
4. #9 Kemba Walker, 27.5
5. #16 Nikola Vucevic, 17.7
6. #60 Isaiah Thomas, 16.5
7. #11 Klay Thompson, 14.2
8. #19 Tobias Harris, 13.8
9. #38 Chandler Parsons, 10.8

That's wilder than most in recent memory. Usually about half of the top 10 becomes some sort of a useful player. To have more than one second-rounder end up among the best picks (including #60 for crying out loud) is just weird.
I need to brush up on VORP because I have absolutely no idea how Klay could be behind IT and Vucevic.
 

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I need to brush up on VORP because I have absolutely no idea how Klay could be behind IT and Vucevic.
NBA advanced stats are lacking when compared to baseball, but when basically all of them are down on a player like Klay (relative to his peers who, at a glance, aren't as good) it's worth looking into why. He's always been an ultra efficient scorer, but not quite at a volume high enough to make up for his lack of pretty much all other basic stats. 19.5 PPG is nice but hardly amazing, and his other stats (3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, .9 steals, .5 blocks) are pretty mediocre for a guy averaging 33 mpg. His defense is good but not great. Just looking at his stats page in comparison to hot shooting 2 guards in the recent past, he's more similar to [occasional all star] Allan Houston than [hall of famer] Ray Allen.

Not that any of this is fair, but it's no mystery why the advanced stats don't think he's a superstar. His basic stats (outside of 3 point shooting and ppg) are below average for a shooting guard playing 30+ mpg.
 
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At least this layoff is giving his knee time to heal. If the season hadn't been suspended and the Celtics were eliminated in the first or second round because he couldn't play at even 80% effectiveness, there would have been no end of finger-pointing at the Celtics brass, Stevens, and Walker himself for the decision to have him play in the ASG under the coach (who may have started getting death threats) of the defending champions and the likely chief obstacle in getting to the ECFs or potentially past them depending what happened with Milwaukee. This way it's going to be forgotten about.
 

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Now there's a guy who could squeeze a silver lining out of anything.