Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is healthy and ready to report to training camp after injuring his right hand over the offseason, as Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. The reigning Rookie of the Year was at the Cavs' media day on Monday speaking with teammates.
After Irving fractured his right hand while hitting a padded wall during a summer practice in Las Vegas, there was concern that he might be limited at the beginning of the 2012 season. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott says that Irving's hand is fine, though, adding that he's put on five pounds of bulk this offseason to become more physical.
Last season, Irving scored 18.5 points per game on 47 percent shooting and recorded 5.4 assists per game, proving to be a cornerstone worthy of the No. 1 overall selection in the NBA draft. With Dion Waiters joining Irving in the backcourt, there's hope that Cleveland could have an elite backcourt soon.
Over the past two years, Irving has dealt with injuries as a freshman at Duke and a rookie in Cleveland, though. That's left concern that he's not durable, but there's presumably hope that the added muscle can allow him to better take contact.