Kemba Walker moves closer to return

NEW YORK -- Charlotte Hornets scoring leader Kemba Walker has been cleared to resume all basketball activities, moving him closer to a return from left knee surgery.

Walker said Wednesday after Charlotte's 115-91 victory in Brooklyn that he hopes he can play sometime next week during the Hornets' three-game homestand.

"I'm excited. I've been anxious," Walker said. "I've been working hard trying to get back to competing with my teammates. And I got some great news, so I'm excited."

Walker had surgery Jan. 28 in New York to repair a torn lateral meniscus and the Hornets said at the time he was expected to miss at least six weeks.

With the Hornets back in New York on Wednesday, Walker visited the surgeon who performed the procedure, and he cleared the point guard for all activities without restrictions.

Coach Steve Clifford said the Hornets will practice again Saturday and Walker's return to action will depend on how the knee responds to an increased workload.

Walker, who was working out on the court before the game, is aiming for either a home game against Sacramento next Wednesday or against Chicago on March 13. If not, he could come back during a five-game trip that begins March 16 at Utah.

Walker is averaging 18.8 points in 42 games.