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Kemba Walker

New York, NY
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I grew up in the Bronx, New York and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t dribbling a basketball. After being a McDonald’s All-American at Rice High School, I went to UConn to be the Huskies point guard. In 2009 we made it to the Final Four, but I was hungry for more. Two years later, we beat the University of Louisville to win the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Then we went on to win the NCAA Championship, where I was named Most Outstanding Player.

After winning the tourney, I decided to go pro. In the 2011 NBA Draft I was selected 9th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, spending my first eight seasons there before heading to Boston. Recently, I signed as a free agent to play with the New York Knicks.

Ever since high school, I’ve dealt with pain in my knee. But in January 2015, it was causing me to miss games. I got an MRI and it revealed a torn lateral meniscus. I was devastated that I needed surgery and would have to miss part of the season.

Dr. David Altchek at Hospital for Special Surgery repaired the tear in my knee, and I was sidelined for six weeks while I rehabbed and got stronger. In mid-March of that year, I returned to the court and have not looked back yet. I am beyond excited to come home and play for my hometown Knicks this season!