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Kyrie Irving out for season with shoulder surgery

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Kyrie Irving’s season has already come to an end.

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.

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?

Kyrie Irving likely to undergo shoulder surgery, miss significant time

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Kyrie Irving has been dealing with a shoulder injury for the majority of the season, and it is now expected to sideline the Brooklyn Nets star for a significant amount of time going forward.

Irving will likely undergo a procedure on his ailing right shoulder and miss an “extended period of time,” Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

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.

Irving has averaged 27.4 points per game in the 20 contests in which he has played. He has also dealt with some other nagging injuries this year.

Kyrie Irving out indefinitely after reaggravating shoulder injury

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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.

The 26-year-old guard has already missed 26 games earlier this season due to his shoulder injury, which caused him to miss more time than expected. He did not practice on Tuesday and is out for Thursday’s game.

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).

Kyrie Irving makes Kendrick Perkins want to throw up

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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.

Irving is an easy target but has earned that through his actions. Perkins has previously taken a shot at Irving’s leadership, so this was nothing new. But Perkins’ bias against Irving is so strong it’s led him to say some crazy things about the Nets guard.

Kyrie Irving to undergo MRI on right knee after suffering injury

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Kyrie Irving left Saturday night’s Brooklyn Nets game against the Washington Wizards after suffering an apparent knee injury during a tie-up with Bradley Beal.

Irving and Beal were fighting for the ball in the fourth quarter and both players ended up on the court. Beal bumped into the back of Irving’s right leg, causing Irving’s knee to bend the wrong way.

Irving was seen grabbing his right knee after the incident. He was able to get up and limped into the locker room on his own.

Irving had 11 points in 29 minutes prior to suffering the injury, which the Nets later called a sprain. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving will undergo an MRI on his knee Sunday.

Irving had 54 points in the team’s previous game on Friday night. Two games before that, he had 40.

He showed off some unreal moves earlier in Saturday’s game:

Kyrie Irving left arena after hearing Kobe Bryant news, did not return

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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.

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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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims

Tributes to Kobe:
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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LeBron James shows love to Kyrie Irving on Instagram

Whatever issues that existed between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving seem to have been patched up.

James’ Los Angeles Lakers faced Irving’s Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday and won the game. After the contest, James and Irving shook hands and shared a big hug.

James shared photos of that on Instagram, captioning it “Brothers! 3 years of eternal moments, memories. Young God was Epic!”

James calling the two of them “brothers” shows how they still feel about each other.

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.