Nets Daily: Just saw Kenny Atkinson who told us @Kyrie Irving is “okay.” Atkinson accompanied Irving for a checkup after taking an elbow to the head in a scrimmage.
Ian Begley: Nets PG Kyrie Irving was hit with an inadvertent elbow in a pick up game today, GM Sean Marks says. He’s with Kenny Atkinson getting the injury checked out, so Atkinson won’t be at today’s press conference.
A. Sherrod Blakely: "Yes, I wish we could play them with Kyrie. I hope he's ok." - #sixers HC Brett Brown.
Steve Bulpett: Per Stevens, Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play tomorrow in Philadelphia. He's unsure of what that means for Wednesday here v. Detroit.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics officially announce Kyrie Irving’s injury as a right knee strain. He is day to day.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kyrie Irving’s right knee sprain isn’t serious and expected to be day-to-day on a return, league source tells ESPN.
John Karalis: No Kyrie Irving or Marcus Morris on the injury list so they seem to be available against the Lakers tomorrow. Baynes is out. Robert Williams is questionable
Adam Himmelsbach: Kyrie Irving has been removed from the injury report ahead of tomorrow’s game against the Knicks.
Brian Robb: Sounds like Kyrie Irving (sore hip) could miss another game or two this week. Brad Stevens doesn't think its a long-term issue but wasn't sure about his availability for Wednesday vs. Hornets.
Jay King: Kyrie Irving is considered day to day this week, according to Stevens. He woke up sore and stiff today after taking a fall during the first half against Golden State.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens said plan coming into season was always to find 8 to 12 games to rest Kyrie Irving - as well as Al Horford. Allowed the hip is more than rest. Said he's not sure about Wednesday night yet.
Adam Himmelsbach: Kyrie on quad injury that's keeping him out vs BKN: "I went up with Aaron Gordon and came down kind of awkward on my leg. I’m just glad I do enough work on my legs, honestly. It could have been bad. I’m just glad I came down the way I did, just isolated to my quad."
"I make my living with my eyes," Irving said after practicing fully with the Celtics on Sunday afternoon. "My whole entire body, but my eyes are just one of the most important things that I need to play this game. It was swollen, and there was light sensitivity after the initial hit. "Watched it a few times, trying to figure out whether or not it was malicious or not, but I don't think it was. So I'll let it go. But I got hit pretty good, and I'm just glad to get a few days' rest, as well."
Jared Weiss: No Kyrie Irving tonight after getting his eye scratched by Marco Belinelli in San Antonio. 3 point guards are out tonight after Minny announced Rose and Teague are out.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Kyrie Irving is questionable vs Timberwolves due to right eye irritation. Aron Baynes and Robert Williams both remain out.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens wasn't sure whether the injury could force Irving to miss time. "Kyrie has a scratched eye," Stevens said. "So he'll have antibiotics for that. I don't know what that means beyond tonight." Irving, meanwhile, addressed the media after the game wearing a pair of sunglasses. Asked about his condition, Irving said: "I'm wearing sunglasses, so not too good. I'll be all right, though. [He] smacked the s--- out of me. He just caught me pretty good."
Michael C. Wright: Kyrie Irving said both eyes were injured in the third quarter against the Spurs. Brad Stevens said he'll be on antibiotics for treatment.
Tom Westerholm: Kyrie Irving has a scratched eye and will need antibiotics, according to Brad Stevens.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics’ injury report for Washington includes Baynes and Horford (both questionable) and Hayward (doubtful with his illness). No Kyrie, however, which is a good sign.
Brian Robb: Stevens on Kyries shoulder: He is going to be fine long term. He just felt a little stiff today.
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said he wasn't concerned after tweaking his right shoulder late in Boston's 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks. Irving left Thursday night's game with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter and the outcome already decided after getting tangled up. He had ice put on the shoulder while he watched from the bench, and did his television walk-off interview with it still on, but had nothing on the shoulder in the locker room, and said he'd be fine.
Scott Souza: Kyrie Irving said he's not traveling to Cleveland for Saturday's preseason finale. He taken a couple of hits on ribs in practice past few days. #Celtics
Kyrie Irving looks different. He has just jogged off the Auerbach Center court after an informal pick-up session with his Boston Celtics teammates and his distinctly more chiseled upper body is beaded with sweat. He's sporting a headband to keep a fuller noggin of hair at bay, and he's smiling. A lot. There's a simple reason for that: He's no longer in pain.
"I'm moving completely differently,'' Irving tells ESPN, just days away from the official start of training camp. "I've worked on my strength and have a heightened awareness of what my body needs on a day-to-day basis. I spent all summer trying get my left leg to catch up with my right. And it's there.''
Danny Ainge confirmed earlier this month that Kyrie Irving had been cleared for 5-on-5 action, but Tuesday marked the first day that we got a glimpse of the All-Star point guard in action. In an Instagram video posted by basketball skills trainer Irv Roland, Irving can be seen hooping it up with Durant, Harden, Olynyk, T. Johnson and other NBA players ahead of training camp in a couple of weeks. The video only shows a few clips but we get a glimpse of trademark Irving in a few of them with a crafty up-and-under, along with midrange finish after getting fouled. This is obviously promising to see just a few months removed from his infection and multiple surgeries on his knee.
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and small forward Gordon Hayward “look impressive” in the pickup games they have played at the practice facility in advance of training camp, a league source told Amico Hoops on Friday. Irving underwent season-ending knee surgery in April, while Hayward suffered a fractured left ankle in the Celtics’ season-opening loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 17, 2017. Both players have been taking part in full speed training for almost a month. Hayward is expected to be cleared for five-on-five play next week, sources said.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Daniel Theis said Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both “look good” in games played at the team’s practice facility recently.
Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will return to Boston next week and are expected to join their teammates in informal workouts as Celtics players begin pickup play in advance of the start of training camp in late September.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told ESPN on Monday that both Irving (knee) and Hayward (ankle) appear at full health and are ready for the new season. "I don't want to hype it up too much, but I'm saying that, if our training camp were starting today, that they would be here today going full speed," Ainge said. "It's not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month so they are sort of pacing themselves. They're playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp [on Sept. 26]."
"They'll both be here within the next week or so, by the time Labor Day is over, they will all be playing 5-on-5," Ainge said. "I think it's just a matter of, if they're not playing 5-on-5 now, then it's only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess. They're doing everything -- dunking the basketball off both legs and playing 1-on-1 live and jumping and cutting and defending. I'm excited for them."
Fred Katz: Brad Stevens told @Chris Mannix that Hayward and Kyrie are both on schedule: "I think [Hayward] and Kyrie will be fully cleared by the time training camp starts and probably well before."
Irving said Thursday that the infection discovered on the metal wiring and screws in his knee could have evolved into a staph infection, but that it was caught and treated early enough to prevent that. To treat the infection, Irving said he had a catheter inserted into a vein going into his heart. "I mean, you ask anybody with an infection, they will probably try to downplay it," Irving said when asked how scary the infection was. "It's a personal thing because your body is going through it. I was fighting an infection in a specific place in your body where you can't necessarily reach with your hands. You got to go in there and kind of see what's going on, and what happened for me was, the metal wiring and the screws that I had in there, the infection was on that, so I had to remove that and then be on antibiotics for about two months. It could have evolved to staph, but good thing we caught it early. I am glad that is done. That was a long, long f---ing two months."
The infection at the site of the screws was discovered when Irving had surgery on March 24 to remove tension wire that was placed in his knee during the 2015 procedure. "For the last two months, it was a long, rigorous process, trying to get that infection out and make sure I was safe," Irving said. "And then rehabbing from there. So I have been rehabbing probably for the last month and some change where I can actually do something without much restrictions."
Adam Himmelsbach: Brad Stevens on Kyrie and also Hayward: "I think the whole time, he’s been shooting toward an early-August return to real live-action. So, he should be well ahead by the time we start practice. So, him and Gordon are about the same timeline."
Fred Katz: Brad Stevens on how Kyrie is moving: "I saw Uncle Drew. That was sweet. He was moving good in that."
Gordon Hayward: I’ve talked with Kyrie, and I know he is progressing really well, and plans to start training hard pretty soon. We’ve both been itching to re-join these guys after watching what they did in the postseason.
Q: Are you cleared to play? Kyrie Irving: No, I would say in the next two weeks would be ideal of like when exactly I’ll be able to play. It’s just patience, man. It’s a lot of maintenance. I didn’t have the end of the season to kind of use this as a rest period, but I needed it. Over the last kind of three years, I’ve been really fortunate to be playing all the way until June. It was good. I needed it. I needed a break for now.
Fred Katz: Brad Stevens on Kylie’s/Hayward’s rehab schedules: “They’re well on their way to being cleared. I think it’s just a matter of time.” Said his assumption — “and it’s very much an assumption” — is mid-August.
Irving’s two surgeries — first to have a wire removed from his knee dating back to patellar surgery in 2015, and then to have the screws removed when traces of bacteria were discovered on the wire — also appear close to resolution. Or so Stevens hopes. Asked about the “dangerous” situation Irving described during the Simmons podcast, Stevens said, “Any time you’re talking about infection in bone, that’s real. We were kept very in tune by all of the doctors, and once the decision was made by Kyrie and the doctors, it made a lot of sense to remove the screws. Nobody wants to hear the word infection. Right away, that had to be taken care of, no doubt.
“When we started the season, we were well-aware of the surgery, the hardware in his knee, and we knew we were going to have to manage that appropriately from a practice standpoint — two days on, one day off,” he said. “We had to manage it in games — all of that as the season started. He was doing that really well, and then that wire started irritating him. “When they removed the screws to make sure he was good from an infection standpoint, he had to take antibiotics and all those things, it was tough. Really tough,” he said. “We were on the west coast trip when he made that call. The threat of infection in that area is real, and the screws had to be removed immediately. He was really down — really down.”
Kyrie Irving: [Sitting out the playoffs and watching Boston make a run] sucked, man. It sucked. I can't even sugarcoat it, it was tough. Not from watching the guys, but of what I was dealing with outside of that. I was leaving the games at halftime because I had eight-hour shifts of antibiotics I had to take for my infection. I had a PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter) in my arm for two months and I'm just like, every day is like, I can't lift, I can't run, I can't do anything. If I didn't have my PICC line in for my infection, I would have definitely gone after trying to be ready for at least the Eastern Conference Finals. " Bill Simmons: "Really?" Irving: "Yeah, for sure."
Jay King: Kyrie Irving said he can’t run yet. He already has a countdown to training camp, though — he said there’s 15 weeks until then. I didn’t check him on that, but he seemed pretty sure.
It must have been very difficult watching from the sidelines as the Celtics advanced in the playoffs. How is your knee rehab going? Kyrie Irving: I’m taking it one day at a time. You know it’s just a process, getting back into the swing of things. It’s a different off-season for me. It’s a lot more time focusing on my body and getting mentally prepared for next season. I’m just super proud of the guys and what they accomplished. They really stuck together throughout everything. Obviously Game 7 didn’t necessarily go the way we all planned, but I mean those guys, they gave it all throughout the whole playoff run.
Injured Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving did not attend his team's Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers because he had undergone surgery for a deviated septum, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Monday. "I don't think he wanted to be seen," Ainge said, before joking that "he's a really good-looking guy. He didn't want to ruin his movie career."
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Kyrie Irving seems to be in a good mental state regarding injury, but “it’s killing him” not to be able to play in this series.
Marc D'Amico: Stevens on how Kyrie is handling not being able to play against Cleveland: “He’s good at focusing on what he can control. He knows he can’t do anything about missing this series.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics Terry Rozier said he expects Kyrie Irving to travel with C's back to Cleveland for Games 3 & 4. Doesn't know that for sure, but thinks it will happen.
Scott Souza: Injured #Celtics Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown both on bench supporting C's tonight for Game 1.
Jay King: Brad Stevens reiterated Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward should both come back fully healthy: "The injuries stink, but at the end of the day those guys are going to come back fully healthy and their careers won’t be impacted by those at all."
Scott Souza: #Celtics Terry Rozier on Kyrie Irving's influence during #NBAPlayoffs: He’s here with us. His spirit is with us. He’s still part of this team. He’s still our leader. He’s been doing a great job with that.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: I was surprised to see Kyrie Irving walking around too. ... Talked about how sound and structurally sound the knee is. It was just getting screws out about infection ... Just talked to medical staff and they feel great about how he is a week after surgery.
The Boston Celtics announced that guard Kyrie Irving underwent successful surgery today to remove two screws in his left patella. “The surgery went exactly as planned, and we expect Kyrie to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Jay King: Al Horford said he was “shocked” to hear Kyrie Irving needed a second surgery. Obviously hurting for Kyrie, but, “We have to look forward. We can’t dwell on the past.”
Marc D'Amico: Al Horford on Kyrie’s season-ending surgery: “Obviously it makes it more difficult. Kyrie was the leader of this team and we went with him. But now we have to find a way to do it without him.”
Stevens, speaking to reporters prior to the Celtics' matchup against the Chicago Bulls, said Irving's recovery was going well. "Obviously, after the initial surgery, the thought was he'd be back in three to six weeks," Stevens said. "We thought it would be closer to three than six, the way he was initially progressing. Just one of those things out of his control. But he's bummed as you can imagine."
The prognosis remains good, according to Stevens. The knee is structurally sound, save for the infection. Doctors discovered the infection after taking out the tension wire, which had been the main source of Irving's discomfort. "Everybody told us from the get-go it was going to be a full recovery," Stevens said. "They just didn't anticipate having to take the screws out. But that shouldn't affect him at all as far as a full recovery goes."
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: There was no reason to expect that Kyrie Irving's knee was going to be an issue (early this season). He had played with it for 2 1/2 years. ... As far as structurally sound, and health of his knee from the surgery three years ago, it was really good.
October 20, 2021 | 9:46 am EDT Update
Tucker declined to discuss the offer he received from the Bucks in free agency. “I was pretty surprised,” Tucker said of not ending up back with the Bucks. “You win a championship and you’re part of winning something special like that, you would expect that. A chance of it not happening? There’s a chance. It didn’t happen. Does it happen a lot? I don’t think so, not in that situation, not in those situations. You watch role guys in series in the past, usually those guys go back. So I’ll take my situation as just that, a particular situation. I move on from it and keep it going.”
Tucker was successful in helping the Bucks win a championship in July, but just three months later he’ll be facing his former team as a member of the Heat. “I don’t even want to talk about it,” Tucker said when asked about specifics regarding his departure from Milwaukee. “It’s that far removed from my mind now. Like it’s something that happened. Everything worked out. I’m happy where I’m at. And I move on.”
But Thursday’s matchup against the Bucks feels somewhat personal for at least one player on the Heat’s roster, and he actually won an NBA championship with Milwaukee last season: Veteran forward P.J. Tucker. “I mean, come on, we’re competitors. I was part of that,” Tucker said this week of facing his former team on Thursday at FTX Arena (8 p.m., Bally Sports Sun). “To not be back? For sure. You know it’s like natural human behavior. Definitely, I want to win this game better than I want to win any other game. Yes, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t.”
There’s an expectation that Williamson will resume play under a minutes restriction when he does take the floor, sources said, typical for stars returning from injury. But with Williamson, who bristled at the training wheels Pelicans officials placed on his reintegration from a torn meniscus injury as a rookie, it could be a higher-stakes game of poker.
When he joined the Pelicans’ recent preseason trip to Minnesota, several league personnel on hand were struck by his heavier appearance than his listed playing weight last season of 284 pounds. “I know Zion at 280, and he was not 280,” said one observer. “These are the injuries you have to be the most concerned about, a foot injury for a guy with noted weight issues,” said one Western Conference executive.
There’s a strong belief in league circles that the Pelicans were unaware of that procedure until Williamson reported to New Orleans ahead of media day, although one team source contacted by B/R maintained the Pelicans and Williamson were aligned on the injury’s timeline.
Before Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin addressed reporters last Thursday, word was already circling around the league that Williamson was unlikely to make his 2021-22 debut before November, at the earliest. It was even known in rival front offices that Griffin planned to speak on the matter rather than issue a press release. This all comes after league figures raised a collective eyebrow when Griffin blamed Williamson’s season-ending finger injury on poor officiating.
Tatum’s post-COVID-19 recovery ramp-up saw him turn into one of the league’s top free-throw machines, drawing 7.6 a night in the final 18 games of the regular season. It started with his 53-point explosion against Minnesota on April 9, which seemed to be his springboard to the next level of his game. That would have ranked him seventh in the league for the season, right between fellow Hanlen client Bradley Beal and James Harden. He was averaging just 4.4 free throw attempts per game up to that point but kept it going in the playoffs with four double-digit free-throw attempt nights in six games (including the Play-In Tournament game against Beal’s Wizards) and going 62 of 66 overall in those games.