Kyrie Irving Ruled Out for the Season, to Undergo Shoulder Surgery
Kyrie Irving’s season has come to an end.
After missing 26 games earlier in the year due to a right shoulder problem, the Brooklyn Nets superstar point guard will undergo season-ending surgery according to general manager Sean Marks. Irving went to visit a specialist a few days prior before making this decision.
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“He’s obviously upset about this, and we’re here to support him, support the process, moving forward with him and the rehabilitation,” Marks said.
Hoping to delay the surgery until the offseason, Irving received a cortisone shot on December 24, but unfortunately, the shoulder issues have failed to go away. Irving has not played since February 1 after sustaining a separate knee injury.
“I think Kyrie even mentioned a couple times that he’s been playing through pain,” Marks said. “He’s been playing, and we got to give him a lot of credit for that, pushing through. He wants to be out there with his guys. It gets to the point where you say enough is enough, and again it goes to long-term health, and the best prognosis for him right now is, let’s shut him down and get this taken care of once and for all.”
Through 20 games, Irving has averaged 27.4 points and 6.4 assists per game.