The Nets are 7-3 since the loss of Kyrie Irving nearly three weeks ago. That’s the good news. There’s no indication when the six-time All-Star will return to the court. That’s the bad news.
Brian Lewis of the Post looked into the situation and believes that the answer to the question, When will we see Kyrie again? is not for a while. And Lewis castigates the Nets brass for being opaque in discussing the injury.
The Nets have been about as transparent as a brick wall when it comes to Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury. But the star’s absence is approaching three weeks, and multiple sources told The Post he could need a few more — if he’s lucky.
Most chillingly, Lewis hints that Irving’s condition could be a lot worse than believed.
One medical source not affiliated with the team intimated there’s more under the surface and that this injury could be even more long term.
Lewis, in fact, spoke to three orthopedists not affiliated with the Nets (and thus had not reviewed the particulars of his situation) who noted that shoulder impingement is a chronic issue and a term that actually covers a number of conditions.
“It’s typically not an acute problem. Impingement is a long-standing chronic issue. It’s not a diagnosis one typically associates with an acute injury, and it’s not one typically associated with younger athletes in their 20s; it’s usually older, starting in the 40s, late 30s,” said Dr. Andrew S. Rokito, chief of shoulder surgery at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.
“He could have a rotator cuff injury which could be just tendinitis and inflammation all the way up to a partial tear. It’s unlikely a full tear. … In terms of time off, I can’t answer that question. It’s certainly conceivable if he really hurt his shoulder with an injury to the rotator cuff he may need few weeks.”
It could be worse, noted another unidentified source who spoke with Lewis.
The medical source not affiliated with the team suggested, “I think there’s more to this story. It wouldn’t surprise me if he needs [a procedure] down the road.”
“Procedure,” as in surgery.
Irving hasn’t spoken to the media in the three weeks since he hurt himself vs. the Jazz in Utah, then surprisingly played two days later in Denver. Atkinson has admitted Irving aggravated the injury against the Nuggets.
The guard isn’t on the current road trip and he still hasn’t participated in contact drills.
- Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury seems way worse than expected - Brian Lewis - New York Post