Nets Issue Another Surprising Kyrie Irving Health Update
The Nets issued another surprising Kyrie Irving health update this week.
When Irving decided to ink a deal with Brooklyn this summer, the expectation was that he would be the team’s main star until Kevin Durant was healthy enough to play.
Given that Irving is one of the NBA’s premiere point guards, most assumed he would be able to handle the load decently well.
Unfortunately, Irving injured his shoulder early in the season and has not been seen since.
There was some hope that Irving would return sooner rather than later, but apparently he is nowhere near close to that.
According to The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer, Irving cannot even lift his shoulder to get a shot up at this point.
Irving said he can’t lift his shoulder to get his shot up and there’s bursitis there, which has been previously reported.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) January 4, 2020
Seeing as Irving has not played since November, that is not exactly great news for the Nets as far as return on investment goes.
The real problem facing Irving and his team is that if he cannot avoid arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, he is looking at an absence of four or so months.
The Nets signed Irving to a $136 million deal this summer, so they are in a no win situation. If he doesn’t play, they are essentially paying that cash for nothing.
Then again, if he plays and hurts himself further – that could risk wrecking his body for the duration of his deal.
Irving’s status will be closely watched over the next few weeks. His healing or lack thereof may have a dramatic impact on how Brooklyn looks next season.