Injured Duke senior guard finds new interim role with team

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Three major knee injuries cost Kyra Lambert a significant chunk of her collegiate basketball career. The senior point guard is about three months into recovery for her most recent injury.

Lambert — unfortunately from past experiences — knows what to expect from the process of getting back on the court.

“It’s going to be a pretty lengthy process. It’s a long-term injury, but I plan to be back for the start of next season,” Lambert said.

In the meantime, Lambert is finding new ways to contribute to the Blue Devils’ squad. She said she’s watching a lot of film and working more individually with the players.

In fact, head coach Joanne P. McCallie gave her a nickname also held by a significant figure in the Duke athletic community — Coach K.

“She’s a quick study. Loves the game. Always had an understanding (for) what’s going on,” McCallie said. “She’s always had it. I love how she’s taking something really difficult and working on it positively to help herself in her future, and her team.”

Lambert has been seeing a lot of games from the bench over the last two seasons. It’s the same perspective the coaches have, and it’s allowed her to look at the game through a different lens. 

Lambert was even able to draw up an inbound play for the Blue Devils that has led to some buckets lately.

“I see why they yell so much now,” she laughed. “I see why they get so mad on the sideline. All this different kind of stuff that, even though I’m not on the court, I can still implement when I do get on the court.” 

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