Apr 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) sits on the bench in the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Kyrie Irving Rehabbing Fractured Hand, Expects To Be Back For Training Camp

Kyrie Irving expects to be back on the court for Cavaliers training camp and full-go by the time the regular season rolls around.

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Kyrie Irving Injury Update: Cavs Point Guard Breaks Hand, Will Need Surgery

The breaking news out of Las Vegas is hardly promising right now, as the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd is reporting that Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, spotted in a cast earlier in the day, has a fractured bone in his right hand and will need surgery.

According to Lloyd, Irving actually injured the hand in question by smacking the not-so-padded wall behind the basket in frustration after a turnover during practice. Seriously. Here's what Irving had to say about the freak injury:

"I’m a little disappointed for a freak accident like that. I have to be more responsible about my health. It was crazy. It happened so fast. That thing I did, hitting the padding on the wall, I’ve done it so many times. This time it was just a freak accident."

While this clearly signals the end of any upcoming basketball for a player who was legitimately starting to flourish in his first real pro summer, the scenario here isn't exactly the easiest thing for Cleveland fans to swallow right now. An awkward fall after an aggressive drive to the hoop or a rolled up ankle in the paint would have both been much, much easier to stomach. But a self-inflicted injury? That's just too much.

Irving is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action and should be back in time for the start of Cleveland's training camp, but this hardly alleviates the situation. A few days ago the Cavs owned the most promising young talent in pro basketball. And now, because of an extremely poor decision, he's on the shelf for the better part of two months.

For more on Irving's injury, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the Cavs, head over to Fear The Sword. And for more NBA news and analysis, be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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Kyrie Irving Injury: Cavaliers Guard Reportedly Wearing Cast, Suspected To Have Broken Hand

Easily the most promising player on the USA Select Team, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving's endless string of highlight reel plays might have to be put on hold for a little bit, as SLAM Magazine's Tzvi Twersky reported on Saturday that the talented guard was seen wearing a cast on his hand.

While no details have trickled out, this is clearly disconcerting news for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans. It's entirely possible that the cast was a precautionary measure for an injury not quite as serious as a broken hand, but it's hard not to fear the absolute worst right now as a Cleveland sports fan.

Irving recently made a public challenge to Team USA member Kobe Bryant for a 1-on-1 game with the proceeds going to charity, and truly appeared to be both gelling and flourishing alongside teammates this summer. Hopefully for everyone's sake the talented point guard is able to get back on the court as soon as possible.

For more on Irving's situation, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the Cavs and a full reaction to the injury, head over to Fear The Sword. And for more NBA news and analysis, be sure to visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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