New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker was delighted to return to the lineup and suit up agains for the Knicks. The Knicks removed Walker from the lineup a few weeks ago but coach Tom Thibodeau returned Walker to the lineup after the Knicks lost nine players.
Walker played 37 minutes in Saturday's 114-107 loss to the Boston Celtics and he scored a team-high 29 points. "I want to play," Walker said, per ESPN. "I don't know. So it is what it is." He added: "I don't know what the future holds, you know? I do feel like I have a lot to give still.
I don't know. That's up to these guys." Walker is 100 percent sure he deserves minutes in the NBA. "I know I should be playing, so no question. It feels great," he said. "But whatever situation I'm in, I'm gonna stay locked in, stay prepared.
Whatever the team needs from me, I'll be there for them."
Coach explained the decision to remove Walker from the team
"It's a tough decision to make, but you always have to do what you think is best for the team," Thibodeau said that day in explaining his decision.
"I view Kemba as a starter, and so it'd be tough to play three small guards together. I gave it consideration, and I've got great respect for who Kemba is as a person and all he's accomplished in this league.
"But I have to do what I think is best for the team." Four-time NBA All-Star Walker admitted the last few years haven't been easy for him. "It's definitely been a rough couple years, to be honest," Walker said.
"But, you know, when you get a chance to kind of slow down and think about things, myself, you know, I think it's just some adversity. At some point in life, everyone goes through tough times. "I've had a great career thus far, and a lot of things went my way.
It's a tough time right now, so it's really about just showing my character, showing who I really am. I'm so mentally tough, I feel like I'm built for any situation, and I'm going to handle it the best I can.
I've got a great support system, great family, great friends who help me stay humble and stay grounded, and that's what I'm going to continue to do. Just try to be unbreakable and continue to put my work in and just stay ready for anything that comes my way."