The Brooklyn Nets may have a concerning situation on their hands with the health of Kyrie Irving.
Brian Lewis of the New York Post tweeted on Wednesday that he spoke with multiple NBA sources and orthopedic specialists to discuss Irving’s shoulder issue. The most optimistic of them expected the All-NBA guard to be out at least another week or two, while the most pessimistic indicated that there could be more to the injury than meets the eye, potentially leading to more issues down the road.
Irving, who has not played since mid-November and has missed the last nine games and counting, is dealing with what Brooklyn is officially calling “right shoulder impingement” and still is not cleared for contact. The No. 7-seeded Nets have gone 6-3 in his absence.
The six-time All-Star also has a troublesome history of chronic knee issues, so this is another thing to keep in mind with regard to his long-term health.
The Brooklyn Nets have not given a timetable for Kyrie Irving’s return from a shoulder injury, but he does appear to be closer to a return.
The Nets guard has not played since November 14 after hurting his shoulder in a November 12 game. He’s already missed eight games in a row and is set to miss a ninth on Sunday. However, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Irving has begun on-court work, which is a positive sign.
Kenny Atkinson says Kyrie Irving has started “oncourt work,” which he calls a positive sign, but rules him out for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Heat here in Brooklyn. Says the team will see where things go from there.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 29, 2019
Irving missed the Nets’ first two games against the Boston Celtics while out with his shoulder injury and therefore missed the two revenge games, including one in Boston where the fans still taunted him despite his absence.
Some may accuse Irving of faking the injury, but he wouldn’t be missing this many games if he were well.
Irving, who is in his first season with the Nets, is averaging 28.5 points per game.
The Boston Celtics recently faced the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since Kyrie Irving jumped ship, and their players been bombarded with a lot of questions about the point guard as the Celtics and Nets face off in consecutive games. That has not gone over well with Marcus Smart.
The Celtics guard criticized the media for questions about Irving after Friday’s game against the Nets, saying that it was “a slap to everybody on this team” to be forced to talk about a player who is no longer there.
Marcus Smart: “I’m really tired of hearing (questions) about Kyrie. Kyrie’s no longer with the Boston #Celtics. It’s a slap to everybody on this team to keep hearing Kyrie’s name. Yet everybody, including the Boston fans want to talk about Kyrie.”
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) November 29, 2019
Smart even includes Boston fans in his remarks, and he’s right that Irving is the main topic of conversation. Much of that is due to the circumstances that saw Irving leave. Irving told fans he was committed for the long haul, then alienated fans and teammates, and fleed to a division rival. That’s why the fan reaction was so hostile even though Irving didn’t even play in either game due to injury.
The good news for Smart is that this will probably be it for the Irving questions for a while. The two teams don’t face off again until March.
Kyrie Irving did not play in the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, and he won’t play in Friday’s game either.
The Nets released their injury report Thursday, which stated that Irving was ruled out for Friday’s rematch with Boston.
Irving has not played since November 14 due to a shoulder impingement. He suffered the injury the game before against Utah on November 12 and tried to play through it two days later with poor results.
Irving does not have a timetable for his return.
Kenny Atkinson would not commit to whether or not Kyrie Irving will play on Friday against the Celtics in Brooklyn. "We'll see… we are not going to give a timetable," Atkinson said.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) November 28, 2019
Irving will undoubtedly hear criticism for missing both games against Boston. He did not make the road trip Wednesday but nonetheless received a “coward” poster and “Kyrie sucks” chants that left him complaining on social media.
Kyrie Irving, missing his maiden return to Boston as a Net through injury tonight, speaks out via Instagram … pic.twitter.com/pwmp68QlXV
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 28, 2019
Irving’s next opportunities to face his former team will come in March. The Nets are at Boston on March 3 and host them on March 21.
Celtics fans will not have the opportunity to shower Kyrie Irving in boos when his Brooklyn Nets play in Boston on Wednesday night, so they are finding other ways to let the All-Star point guard know what they think of him.
Irving has been out with a shoulder injury, and he will not play on Wednesday night. Since the injury is considered somewhat minor, many Celtics fans believe Irving is avoiding the game because he would likely get a ruthless reception if he took the floor. Prior to tip-off, fliers with Irving’s face on them that said “COWARD” were spotted outside the TD Garden.
Currently out the front of TD Garden: pic.twitter.com/dVKuCOu0rT
— Hayley Byrnes (@HayleyByrnes) November 27, 2019
It’s not just Celtics fans who think Irving is avoiding the boo birds. Former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins suggested in a tweet last week that Irving knew before the season that he wasn’t going to play in the Nets’ first game at Boston. That seems unlikely considering the shoulder injury has caused Irving to miss multiple games.
Irving’s second and final season with the Celtics was a huge disappointment, and the team actually made a deeper playoff run in his first year when he was out with an injury. There were numerous indications that his teammates didn’t get along with him and felt he was a bad leader, and fans in Boston have held onto that. Many people with tickets to Wednesday’s game couldn’t wait to rip Irving, but they’re not going to get a chance.
Does Kyrie Irving deserve to have his jersey retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers? One of his former teammates thinks so.
Tristan Thompson spoke on Monday ahead of the team’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets’. Irving signed with Brooklyn this summer after previously forcing a trade from Cleveland to Boston, which led to a question about Irving’s legacy with the Cavs.
Thompson praised his former teammate.
“His jersey will be retired here,” Thompson said of Irving, via 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “You see that banner right there? That’s what he means to the franchise. He came in with a lot of expectations and he surpassed them all.”
Irving, 27, was drafted by the Cavs No. 1 overall in 2011 and played his first six seasons with the team. He made four All-Star teams while a member of the Cavs and reached three straight NBA Finals, winning the 2015-2016 NBA championship.
Will that be enough to get his jersey retired? Some with the franchise may hold it against him that he forced a trade away from the team. We know the guy in charge holds a grudge so he might not be eager to honor Irving in that manner, at least not any time soon.
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.
Kyrie looked at the schedule before the season started and planned this whole injury thing because he didn’t want to go back to Boston this upcoming week!!! He didn’t want that smoke in the Bean Town. Smh
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) November 23, 2019
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.
After being evaluated this evening, it has been determined that Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s upcoming three-game road trip (NYK, CLE, BOS) according to the #Nets. He will be re-assessed once the team returns.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) November 23, 2019
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.