Kyrie Irving left Team USA’s win over the Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball on Thursday after taking a hard fall under the basket. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard drove to the lane and looked like he was trying to pass when the ball was deflected and he lost his balance. Irving’s left side slammed on the floor.
Irving was unable to get his hand down to break the fall, and he ended up limping off the court very gingerly.
Fortunately, the 22-year-old tweeted after the game that he is “all good” and is looking forward to Team USA’s next game.
Im all good everybody, just a tough fall. Appreciate the concern #ontobarcelona
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) September 4, 2014
Again, we are reminded of why NBA team owners like Mark Cuban despise international play. Irving is a huge part of what the Cavaliers plan to do this season with their revitalized team led by LeBron James. They can’t afford to lose the player that they expect to be the quarterback of their offense. The Indiana Pacers know all about what that’s like.