Irving will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder injury that caused him to miss 26 games earlier this season. The surgery will cause him to miss the final two months of the season.
When Irving initially returned from his shoulder injury, he received a cortisone injection rather than undergo surgery. But this time he will have the procedure. Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks says the team is thinking long-term with Irving’s health.
#Nets GM Sean Marks says they’re looking long term over the next two years, not two months, and that Kyrie Irving will be back in time for summer workouts.
Irving averaged 27.4 points per game 20 games this season. He also missed time with a knee injury.
This is a rough year for the Nets, who spent big money over the offseason signing Irving and Kevin Durant. They’ll end up having paid $69 million to the two of them and getting just 20 games played in return. Wonder what Kendrick Perkins has to say now?
Given the way the season has gone for Irving thus far, it would not be a shock if he ends up missing the remainder of the year. The 26-year-old has already missed 26 games this season due to the shoulder injury, which caused him to miss more time than expected.
Kyrie Irving is out indefinitely after reaggravating his shoulder injury.
Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed the news on Tuesday. Irving is set to see a specialist this week, ESPN’s Malika Andrews reports. Atkinson also wouldn’t say whether Irving might be out the rest of the season.
Kenny Atkinson said he “wouldn’t go there” when asked if there’s a concern Irving will miss the rest of the season. Right now, the plan is that he will see a specialist and go from there. Atkinson said the shoulder has been continuously bothering Irving.
Irving has averaged 27.4 points per game in the 20 contests in which he has played.
Brooklyn’s two big additions this offseason were Irving and Kevin Durant, and they may end up going the entire first season with 20 games played between the two of them (Durant’s season-long absence was expected, of course).
Kendrick Perkins took aim at Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night.
Perkins, who played for the Boston Celtics from 2003-2011, joined Brian Scalabrine and Mike Gorman on the call for Tuesday night’s Celtics game against the Houston Rockets. Late in the second quarter of the game, Perkins was praising Celtics fans, and that led him to take a shot at Irving.
“Do you hear these chants right now?” Perkins asked, impressed because the game was in Houston. “And Kyrie Irving didn’t want to play for this franchise. Every time I think of that guy I want to throw up!”
Irving was with the Cavaliers from 2011-2017 and then forced a trade to Boston. He got hurt and the team reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without him. Despite their success without him, he became bossy the following season, which ended up a disaster. Irving then left for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency over the summer.
The NBA community was hit hard on Sunday by the news that Kobe Bryant and his daughter died in a helicopter crash, and Kyrie Irving felt he could not play a game under the circumstances.
There were several NBA games that went on as scheduled, and that included the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Irving, who was close with Bryant, reportedly left the arena due to personal reasons and did not return.
Nets' Kyrie Irving will miss Sunday's game against New York due to personal reasons. Irving and Kobe Bryant shared a close friendship.
Many felt the NBA should have cancelled all of its games on Sunday following the tragedy, but there are a lot of moving parts and that would be extremely difficult to do.
We saw some incredible tributes from teams that did play on Sunday, and there will undoubtedly be many more. Kobe was one of the most iconic players in NBA history and still very involved with the game at the time of his death.
The crash in California on Sunday killed five people, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter. The two were on their way to Kobe’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.
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When Irving demanded a trade from the Cavaliers ahead of the 2017-2018 season, it was because he wanted to get away from James and lead his own franchise. Irving’s two seasons in Boston did not go well, and the young point guard learned just how difficult it is to lead your own team. That lesson helped him reconcile with LeBron.
There was even talk that Irving would be open to teaming up with James for the second time in their careers, though that ultimately did not happen. But it’s clear the two are on good terms after being teammates for four seasons in Cleveland.