Kyrie Irving Reportedly in Cast After Breaking Hand During Practice
The Cleveland Cavaliers have received some bad news upon learning that their star point guard and former No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving has a fractured bone in his hand and is in a cast, per Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (via Twitter).
Kyrie Irving has a fractured bone in his right hand, will need surgery and miss summer league.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 15, 2012
It appears Irving will need surgery to repair the bone and will miss six-to-eight weeks, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer and Jodie Valade of the Plain Dealer (via Twitter).
#Cavs Kyrie Irving, returning to CLE on SUN for surgery. Will be out 6-8 weeks. Should be back for training camp— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) July 15, 2012
With that timetable, Irving will be back in time for training camp and will certainly be ready for the start of the season.
Tzvi Twersky of SLAM Magazine (via Twitter) confirms the recovery time for Irving's hand.
It's Kyrie Irving's right hand, according to NBA TV. He'll be out 6-8 weeks.— Tzvi Twersky (@TTwersky) July 15, 2012
Irving's injury occurred while the 20-year-old was practicing with the Cavs for the Las Vegas Summer League. Unfortunately for the former Duke Blue Devil, it was done in quite the dumb fashion, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter).
Cavs say Kyrie fractured hand by slapping the padding on gym wall at practice. Cavs say initial projection to return start of training camp.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 15, 2012
Eat your heart out, Amar'e Stoudemire!
Irving won Rookie of the Year honors during the compressed 2011-12 season, averaging 18 points and five assists per game. Despite a successful inaugural campaign in the NBA, Irving did miss 15 games due to injuries.
With the Cavs rebuilding their squad and moving up the ranks of the NBA once again, they will desperately need their point guard if they want to be successful. It's a good thing this injury happened when it did, leaving Irving enough time to heal up and get ready for the 2012-13 season.
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