Kyrie Irving underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to relieve a right shoulder impingement. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams III, the Nets longtime medical director, at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Irving, who will miss the remainder of the season, is expected to make a full recovery, said the Nets.
It’s been two weeks since the Nets and Irving decided the best course would be surgery. Kenny Atkinson said four days after the announcement that Irving, the performance staff and medical team were working on both a date and which surgeon should handle the procedure. In the end, the Nets chose their in-house physician who’s one of the most respected orthopedic surgeons in the United States.
Marks noted back when Irving decided to undergo surgery that the six-time All-Star should be ready for the Nets summer workouts.
“Kyrie’s obviously upset about this and we’re here to support him ... he saw specialists including our own people at HSS and it’s been a group consensus.”
Irving had been troubled by the shoulder issue since early in the season, going down on November 14. He missed 26 straight games and even suggested in early December that he might need season-ending surgery. Then on December 24, he received a cortisone shot and he returned to action on January 12, posting games of 45 and 54 points in less than a week. But the pain returned and he sprained his knee vs. the Wizards on February 1, effectively ending his season.
In 20 games for Brooklyn this season, Irving recorded averages of 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.9 minutes per contest, shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from 3-point range and 92.2 percent from the free-throw line. He scored 30 or more points seven times, including two games of 50+ points, becoming the first player in franchise history to record multiple 50-point games.
Should Irving be ready in early July —a distinct possibility, would he try out for Team USA? Practices begin July 4 in Las Vegas with the Tokyo Olympics opening three weeks later. Irving, Kevin Durant and Joe Harris were all invited to participate in the Team USA trials and KD’s manager, Rich Kleiman said last week that the Olympics are a “strong possibility.”
Dr. Williams is also USA Basketball’s medical director.
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