Kemba Walker sat out his first game of the season on Sunday for a rest day on the first half of a back-to-back set. Walker returned on Monday and played his regular minutes, as the New York Knicks took down the Philadelphia 76ers.
During the 2020-21 season with the Boston Celtics, Walker did not play in both ends of back-to-back contests. He was regularly rested in the second game. Boston took this strategy to keep Walker healthy after knee issues impacted the guard's 2019-20 season.
Following the win over the Sixers, Walker said that more rest days will happen throughout the season. Walker stopped short of saying it would be the same as last season.
“It’s a long year,” Walker said. “I’m not gonna play every game. I feel great. It worked out. I want to try to stay as healthy as I can. The healthiest guys win games. It was definitely my call.”