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Nets GM Sean Marks told reporters on a Zoom call that PG Kyrie Irving will not travel to Orlando and instead will continue his rehab back home.
Marks reiterated that all players rehabbing from injuries would remain at their homes, including Kevin Durant. Irving and Durant were rumored to possibly give it a go at one point during the quarantine, but those rumors have all officially been squashed. Neither all-star will play nor travel with the team as they enter into the bubble at Walt Disney World. Both guys should be all systems go for what is shaping up to be a very strong Nets team in 2020-21.
A report surfaced on Tuesday that Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving proposed starting a new league outside of the NBA in a group chat with his teammates. After the news leaked, Irving reportedly immediately left the group chat.
Apparently Irving never said he wanted to start a new league as a response to the NBA’s “bubble” environment that will be used to resume to 2019-20 season. It sounds like Irving was just being contrarian and throwing out random ideas with his buddies, but it leaked nonetheless and now it’ll always be tied to Irving, who was just recently in the news about not wanting the NBA to resume play during this sensitive and emotional time period surrounding both coronavirus and racial injustice in the United States. There are also reports from his teammates, Caris LeVert, Theo Pinson, and Chris Chiozza, that turn down anything that Irving brought up in the group chat. It’s hard to know who to believe, but it’s an interesting storyline either way. The 2019-20 season is set to resume on July 30 at Walt Disney World and the Brooklyn Nets will be there without their two superstars, Irving and Kevin Durant.
Nets G Kyrie Irving, who had season-ending shoulder surgery back in March, said on the NBPA conference call that he might join his teammates in Orlando when the season resumes, but only as in inactive player.
This statement coming after Irving’s teammate Kevin Durant told Marc Spears that his season is over and he won’t be returning. Looks like Irving will join Durant as a non-participant when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes play on July 31 at Walt Disney World. Look for a full recovery from both Irving and Durant ahead of the 2020-21 regular season. With a healthy superstar duo, Brooklyn is poised to make a whole lot of noise next season.
Dr. John Kelly, Director of Sports Shoulder at Penn Medicine told the NY Daily News that he expects Nets G Kyrie Irving to be sidelined for six months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
While the timetable for recovery is based on the medical expertise of Dr. Kelly, the Brooklyn Nets brass has been tight-lipped on Irving's timeline since undergoing surgery on March 3rd to relieve a right shoulder impingment. Irving is expected to make a full recovery and with the NBA schedule continuing to move to the right, it will only provide more healing time for the All-Star point guard. Irving certainly carries some injury risk going into next season but having KD in the lineup will alleviate some of the load that's been put on Uncle Drew since joining the Brooklyn Nets.
Tim Bontemps on Twitter is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets have announced that Kyrie Irving has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and will be out for the rest of the season.
Irving hurt his right shoulder in early November and came back in January only to aggravate the same injury. He tried to play through it but Irving and the Nets decided to shut him down for the year. The Nets will be in full force next year as not only will Irving return, they’ll also get a healthy Kevin Durant. The dynamic duo will be unleashed on the rest of the NBA.