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.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.