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Monday, November 9, 2009
Walker making great strides

By Chris Forsberg

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics second-year guard Bill Walker participated fully in practice Monday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at the beginning of October. Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't have a timetable for Walker's return to game action.

"He was out there like everyone else; we didn't hold him back," said Rivers. "I actually don't know what his schedule is, I'm assuming he's on schedule. [Celtics trainer] Eddie [Lacerte] told me about a week ago this is the day he'd start practicing."

Walker, the Celtics' second-round pick (47th overall) in the 2008 draft, had already endured three major knee surgeries, the most recent coming after injuring himself during a pre-draft workout for the Golden State Warriors.

Walker appeared in 29 games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3 points and 1 rebound per game. He also spent time with the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League and averaged 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 55.7 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range with the Flash.

Daniels returns

After missing Saturday's game in New Jersey to attend to a personal matter, Marquis Daniels rejoined the Celtics for Monday's practice.

The only players to miss the two-hour-plus session were Tony Allen
(ankle) and Brian Scalabrine (back). Allen, who told reporters earlier this month he hoped to be back practicing by Nov. 15, remains sidelined indefinitely, while Scalabrine got a maintenance day after gutting out 20 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 86-76 triumph over the Nets.

Scalabrine, who missed the first four games of the season with a right ankle injury, sat out Friday's game against Phoenix with back spasms.
With the Celtics seemingly running on fumes at the end of their season-opening eight-game stretch, and playing without Daniels, Scalabrine gave the team a boost with his mere presence against the Nets. What's more, he hit a pair of long-range jumpers at the start of the fourth quarter to help the Celtics pull away.

Overtime

The last players on the court Monday? Rasheed Wallace and Eddie House spent extra time shooting 3s over assistant coach Clifford Ray, tightening up an area that saw steady decline during recent games. Once they finished up, it was House's son, Jaelan, who logged extra time with Ray, working on his low-post moves. The two were still chatting about going strong to the basket as reporters departed the court.

Campaign trail

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kendrick Perkins, Glen Davis, Scalabrine, House and Rivers were all expected to be in attendance Monday night at the Lansdowne Pub behind Fenway Park for a celebration and rally in support of Celtics managing partner Steve Pagliuca, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Tickets weren't cheap; general admission was $100 per person and a host committee reception cost $2,400. … On Tuesday, House, Davis, Walker, Rajon Rondo and J.R. Giddens will read with children from the Franklin Park Tenants Association as part of the NBA's Read to Achieve program. It could be an interesting event as the players are also expected to play with exotic animals, including a baby alligator, flying squirrel and bearded dragon at the Franklin Park Zoo.