The Brooklyn Nets have announced that star point guard Kyrie Irving will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and miss the remainder of the season.
Kyrie Irving will have arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder. He will be out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. pic.twitter.com/HOuNdyCLrF
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) February 20, 2020
In his first season with the Nets since he and Kevin Durant decided to both take their talents to Brooklyn this offseason, Irving was putting up a career-high 27.4 points per game and a career-high 5.2 rebounds per game. He was also dishing out 6.4 assists per game, which was just below his career-high of last season.
Irving has also been a better defensive player than he gets credit for. Despite that, his ability to lead a team has routinely been called into question going back to his couple of seasons in Boston.
There have also been thoughts that he looks for excuses to not play, having only played in 20 games this season.
Durant was expected to miss all of this season after rupturing his Achilles in the NBA Finals last season, which had expectations understandably lower than if both Durant and Irving were going to play. But with the team sitting at just 25-28, the season has been a disappointment.
With Irving re-aggravating his right shoulder, him just having the surgery and sitting out the rest of the season in a year where they aren’t going to win anything is smart. It’s an opportunity for the organization to regroup and know that they’ll have both Irving and Durant next season.
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