Kyrie Irving to Miss Rest of Season for the Nets

Written by on February 20, 2020

Nets guard Kyrie Irving may have an operation on his ailing proper shoulder and miss the remainder of the common season, Sean Marks, the workforce’s common supervisor, instructed reporters on Thursday.

Marks stated the choice had been made after Irving spent the “previous couple of days visiting with a specialist.” Irving is anticipated to return in time for the start of subsequent season, however a extra particular timetable won’t be decided till after the operation.

“He’s clearly upset about this,” Marks stated. “We’re right here to assist him, assist the method, shifting ahead with him.”

Irving, one of many franchise’s marquee free agent signings from final summer time, had already missed a lot of the season due to the damage, plus a number of video games due to a knee damage. He was restricted to solely 20 video games, however when he was on the court docket, Irving was one of the vital productive gamers within the N.B.A., averaging 27.4 points a game on a 59.5 true taking pictures proportion, along with 6.four assists a recreation.

This was at all times to be a bridge season of types for the Nets, who’re anticipated to have Kevin Durant again subsequent season, assuming he recovers from the torn Achilles’ tendon he sustained as a member of the Golden State Warriors throughout the N.B.A. finals.

Besides, Irving’s damage is clearly a disappointment for the Nets, who’ve struggled with accidents, even beyond Durant’s, all season. And Irving has been damage all through his profession: Now in his ninth N.B.A. season, Irving has performed 70 video games in a season simply 3 times in his profession. Marks stated that Irving’s long-term well being was the “No. 1 precedence.”

“We’re wanting on the huge image right here,” Marks stated. “We’re not wanting on the subsequent two, three months. We’re wanting on the subsequent two, three years.”

In January, Irving instructed reporters that he had taken a cortisone shot in an try and stave off surgical procedure and return to the court docket. It was a stark distinction from his optimism early within the season, particularly after he dropped 50 points on opening night towards the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He started lacking video games due to the shoulder after a Nov. 14 recreation towards the Denver Nuggets. However Irving, a six-time All-Star, stunned observers by returning in mid-January and playing exceptionally effectively towards the Atlanta Hawks, scoring 21 factors in 20 minutes. On the finish of the month, Irving scored 54 factors on 23 shot makes an attempt towards the Chicago Bulls. However he was enjoying via ache, Marks stated.

“It will get to the purpose the place you say sufficient is sufficient,” Marks stated. “Once more, it goes to long-term well being, and one of the best prognosis proper now’s to close him down and get this taken care of as soon as and for all.”

Nevertheless, the Nets held serve throughout his 26-game absence, after they went 13-13. Getting into Thursday night time’s recreation towards the Philadelphia 76ers, the Nets had been seventh within the Japanese Convention at 25-28. 5 video games up on the ninth-seeded Washington Wizards with 29 video games left, they may probably make the playoffs.

Nevertheless, with out Irving, the Nets must rely extra on Spencer Dinwiddie, their dynamic level guard who carried the workforce in Irving’s absence, averaging 24.eight factors and seven.2 assists in that stretch of video games.

“It’s type of been a curler coaster 12 months,” Marks stated.

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