Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has been cleared for basketball activities, the team announced. Walker will make

his return to the practice court after he spent a little over a month recovering from surgery to repair a small tear to his left meniscus.

Walker was one of a number of Hornets who have suffered injuries this year. He kept the team afloat when big man Al Jefferson was out with a sore foot, and forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has played through a foot injury of his own.

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In that time, Walker put together some of the best basketball of his career. After a slow start to the season, he shouldered the burden of keeping the Hornets in playoff contention in the months of December and January.

Walker averaged 23.6 points 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds in January, putting together a string of 30-point games just before news of his injury hit.

The Hornets added Mo Williams to soften the blow of Walker's loss, and he has performed well at the point guard position. With both guards available, the Hornets should have the type of guard play and shooting they have sorely needed this year.