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#pounditSaturday, August 15, 2020

Kendrick Perkins suggests Kyrie Irving planned shoulder injury to avoid Celtics game?

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A tweet sent by Kendrick Perkins on Friday night received plenty of attention in the form of likes and retweets, and it contained quite a claim.

Perkins suggested that Kyrie Irving planned his shoulder injury so that the guard would avoid the Brooklyn Nets’ game in Boston on Wednesday.

Irving has not played since a loss to the Denver Nuggets on November 14 due to a shoulder impingement. Irving actually suffered the injury in the team’s previous game against Utah on November 12 but played hurt against Denver. He has not played since then and has missed four games.

On Friday, the Nets announced that Irving would miss the team’s 3-game road trip, which includes games against the Knicks, Cavs and Celtics.

Irving had a tumultuous final season in Boston and likely would have received a harsh reception. Before the season, he said he was going to re-sign with the team. But then the team’s season went terribly, and he became a target for blame due to leadership issues. Irving ended up leaving the Celtics to sign with the Nets in free agency.

We love a good conspiracy as much as anyone, but suggesting Irving planned a shoulder injury that far in advance that would cost him seven games and potentially a shot at a contractual bonus for games played is quite the stretch. We’d say that Perkins was joking, but the former Celtic has so many biases and has ripped Irving in the past, so it’s very possible he was completely serious.

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