Should Kyrie Undergo Season-Ending Surgery?


After nearly two months of nothing, Kyrie Irving finally broke his silence. Irving addressed the media on Saturday ahead of Brooklyn’s game against Toronto. The perennial all-star point guard has not played since November 14th due to a right shoulder impingement. At first, the organization believed that Irving would miss a few weeks. Fast forward two months later– Irving remains sidelined.


Kyrie Injury Update

YES Network’s Michael Grady provided insight from Kyrie Irving’s press conference. When asked how rehab was coming along, Kyrie responded that he is doing a lot better but does not have a timetable for his return to the court. Irving informed the media that he suffered the injury against the Pelicans back on November 4th.

Irving also revealed that he had received a cortisone shot to his shoulder on December 24th. Kyrie remains optimistic that he can return this season. He believes the shot has progressed his rehab in a positive matter but still has difficulty raising the shoulder. Both Irving and the Nets medical staff will reevaluate his status in a month or so to determine potential season-ending surgery. Should he choose this avenue, Irving would set his sights on preparing for the start of the 2020-21 season.

Kyrie’s mental state

One thing is certain with Kyrie– the injury has affected him both physically and mentally. In an interview with Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Irving said the following:

“I’m going to be as candid as possible: It’s fairly difficult to be injured at the beginning of the season, in the middle of the season, at the end of the season, during the playoffs. It’s always going to be a mental strain,” said Irving, 27.

“This is something I’ve spent the majority of my life working to do at a very high level and I want to do it at the best level I can, which is greatness. When you’re injured and your team needs you, of course you go home and you’re like “Why am I not playing yet? When is this going to turn? Where is the corner (to) turn and (be) well enough health-wise to go out there and play at a high level?”

According to Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily, he believes that Kyrie suffered the injury at this very moment. Irving attempts to drive to the basket but is blocked by Jrue Holiday. After the play Irving can be seen in some discomfort and favoring his right shoulder. Great pick up by Reinhardt to go back and bring up the footage.

The return of Caris LeVert

Although Kyrie Irving’s injury status is not promising, the Nets did welcome back guard/forward Caris LeVert to the lineup. In his return, LeVert scored 13 points (5/7 FG, 2/2 3PT) over just 16 minutes of action. He sat out the front-end of Brooklyn’s recent back-to-back but proceeded to drop 20 points in the latter half. Look for the Nets to continue easing Caris back into the rotation moving forward. The team has already made it clear that he will not play in back-to-back games, deeming it to be “injury management”.

The Nets will look to snap their seven-game skid Friday when they host the Miami Heat.

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