NBA rumors: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on his injury

Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving, talking to reporters for the first time since Nov. 14, said he is “doing a lot better.” He said he is struggling to lift his shoulder when taking jump shots.

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Brian Lewis: Kyrie Irving; “It just sucks man. It really is disheartening.” Went to Phoenix to see a shoulder specialist. #Nets
Bobby Marks: Kyrie Irving will now miss out on two bonuses of $125K each for falling short of playing 60 games this season. The games played bonus were tied into statistical achievements. This will bring the total up to $375K in lost incentives for the season.
Irving is actually suffering from “thoracic bursitis” and he’s out until at least Jan. 7 against the Thunder, according to Heavy.com. But Aktinson pushed back before Brooklyn hosted the Knicks on Thursday. “What you’re telling me — whatever that report said is not true,” the coach said. “We’re still in the same place the last time I talked. Like I said, the thing is we haven’t gotten to the contact with him. We’re on-court workout situation but the contact just hasn’t been cleared yet. I think that’s the next hurdle. I wish I could tell you when that is. Hopefully sooner rather than later.”
On Monday evening during Irving’s ‘Nike Kyrie Irving Invitational Tournament’ at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, a source within the Nets organization stated that Irving could be out two to three more weeks with what they are privately calling thoracic bursitis. Thoracic bursitis impacts a bursa, which can be found throughout the body where muscles and tendons glide over bones, as Physio Works detailed. A further breakdown of this type of injury comes via Beacon Northo which describes Scapulothoracic Bursitis – inflammation in the bursa under the shoulder blade.
“We’re getting second and third opinions before doing anything,” the source stated on Monday. Irving is “taking his time and trying to get it right” and it was made known that “health is the most important thing,” understandably.
Nets Daily: So if, as @ScoopB reports, the new diagnosis for @Kyrie Irving is thoracic bursitis, it’s a rare condition. A physiotherapist we spoke with says it’s caused by trauma, overuse of both. The only cure is rest and plenty of it. There’s no surgical solution.
There was still no update on Irving, who missed his 18th straight game with a shoulder injury and seemingly missed the latest timetable set for him. Sunday marked two weeks since coach Kenny Atkinson said the Nets planned on “starting to integrate him in the next week or two into team practices.” But Irving has still not been cleared for contact. “That’s kind of the next step,” Atkinson said. “So we’re just not there yet.”
"There is a very small space at the top of the shoulder where several structures intersect," ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell said. "If there is inflammation or tissue damage to any of the structures in the area ... the pinching, or impingement, that results when the arm goes through elevation can cause pain. "For a basketball player who has this in his dominant arm, the most obvious limitation would occur anytime he elevates his arm to shoot the ball, but it can be equally problematic when trying to play defense or anytime there is even incidental direct contact." According to Bell, there are likely several matters that need to be addressed by the Nets before Irving could make a return to the court: eliminating inflammation, restoring normal, pain-free motion and making sure the muscles are stabilized. "These things can be addressed simultaneously," Bell said. "The trick is to balance the strengthening and returning to activity with proper loading to not trigger a renewed inflammatory response. "While this may sound easy, there is no simple formula."
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving is out for the Nets game against the Sixers tonight, according to the injury report. This marks this 15th consecutive game Irving has missed.
Irving did on-court work during practice Friday, but is still not cleared for contact. “No timetable on when that’s going to happen,” Atkinson said. “I will say the on-court, non-contact stuff has been ramped up.”
“I think the timeline for his recovery is somewhat up to him, but also up to his body and how that progresses. It could happen quickly or it could take some time,” Nets general manager Sean Marks told Yahoo Sports before Wednesday’s 113-108 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in which Brooklyn blew a 20-point lead. “And where we are at this stage of the season — and where we are as a team over the next couple years — there’s no point in forcing guys to come back too soon. Especially a player of his caliber and expectations.”
“I think everybody’s entitled to their opinion,” Marks told Yahoo Sports. “All I’m going to say is I’m never going to judge a guy on another team until I get to know that person. And I think it’s pretty clear that Kyrie’s not missing a game in Boston and going to sit out two weeks just to avoid one game. He’s legitimately hurt. “I think we’ve seen how competitive Kyrie is when he was healthy at the beginning of the season. And I give him credit for wanting to be back out there at 100 percent. So let’s judge this book when we get through a few chapters here — not the first 5-10 games of the season.”
Brian Lewis: Atkinson on Kyrie: "The plan is to continue to ramp up his individual oncourt work & from there it’s starting to integrate him in the next week or 2 into team practices. Like I always say that could be a planned practice or us making one up if the game schedule so dictates” #Nets
The Nets have been about as transparent as a brick wall when it comes to Kyrie Irving’s shoulder injury. But the star’s absence is approaching three weeks, and multiple sources told The Post he could need a few more — if he’s lucky.
Two specialists told The Post that Irving is likely to be out a few more weeks. One medical source not affiliated with the team intimated there’s more under the surface and that this injury could be even more long term. “That’s a very, very broad term,” said Dr. Andrew S. Rokito, chief of shoulder surgery at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. “Impingement typically does not refer to an acute injury. [It] refers to more of a long-standing, chronic issue with the rotator cuff.
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving (shoulder impingement) still isn’t doing any contact work on the court, Kenny Atkinson says. Irving has started to do some on-court exercises.
Stefan Bondy: Kyrie Irving will be at the Garden tonight. He won’t travel to Cleveland and Kenny Atkinson wouldn’t commit to whether he’ll travel to Boston.
Kyrie Irving will not play in the Brooklyn Nets' first matchup against his former team, the Boston Celtics, the team announced Friday night. Irving will miss the Nets' next three games, which include road matchups against the Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers and, finally, the Celtics on Wednesday. Irving has already missed Brooklyn's past four games with a right shoulder impingement, which he suffered against the Utah Jazz on Nov. 12. Coach Kenny Atkinson said Irving "gutted out" the Nets' game against the Nuggets two days later but was in pain.
Michael Scotto: Kenny Atkinson on Kyrie Irving's injury: I don’t think it’s a long-term thing. I wouldn’t say we’re being overcautious... Do I think it’s a long-term thing? No. I don’t think he can play through it right now quite honestly. That’s where we are. We’ll see where that goes.
Last week, Irving missed a go-ahead 3-pointer with seven seconds left against Utah Jazz. Irving finished the night 10 of 30 and two nights later he went 8 for 20 in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. Irving’s bad aim — 18 for 50 over two games — could very well be the result of the shoulder injury. “I know he wasn’t 100 percent going into the Denver game (Thursday),” Atkinson said. “We all knew that. But he played through it, and the returns obviously (Saturday) morning weren’t great. So I think it’s a smart thing, it’s a prudent thing to do. And we’ll see going forward what it looks like.”
ShowtimeForum: Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for the game after getting hit in the face. He was already wearing a mask after suffering a facial fracture.
Greg Logan: #KyrieIrving did not practice with #Nets for the second straight day of training camp because of his facial injury. Coach Kenny Atkinson said he normally doesn't play "matchup game" with his lineups but expects to do it this year at center with Jarrett Allen & DeAndre Jordan.
Malika Andrews: Kenny Atkinson said that Kyrie Irving (facial fracture) will wear a mask when he returns to practice. Atkinson does not know how long Irving will be required to wear the mask.
Malika Andrews: When Nets practice opened up, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were shooting together on a far hoop. Irving, who sustained a facial fracture this week, did not practice.
Anthony Puccio: Nets say Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a left side facial fracture, which he sustained yesterday during workouts. He is currently listed as day to day.
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.
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.

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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.
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.
Tim Bontemps: Kyrie Irving will miss tonight’s game against the Nets with a left hip strain.
"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.
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Zach LaVine doesn't want to leave Chicago?

The Bulls’ offseason overhaul couldn’t have come at a better time, as Zach LaVine is on the final year of his contract with an extension yet to be signed. But if it were up to LaVine himself, he’s reportedly all-in on staying in the Windy City. That’s according to ESPN Chicago radio analyst David Kaplan, who’s heard from sources that the All-Star doesn’t want to go anywhere. Via ESPN 1000 FM: “He has told people that I know: ‘Hey man, if they want me here, I’m not going anywhere. I’m building this thing. I’m the first guy in the door. I wanna be part of this.’”
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Is KAT’s trade value at all impacted by missing the playoffs yet again? If a Simmons deal can’t get done, would you think about trading him now, considering the likelihood that you may need to next offseason? — @JWeAnd1 Definitely no interest in trading him now. Towns will have plenty of value for the foreseeable future, barring a big injury. This is a big season. I think there will be more clarity, positive or negative, when 2021-22 concludes. Then the Wolves can make a real decision on how best to move forward. But Towns remains a focal point right now. That’s not changing anytime soon.
Morey will be in a similar position to Thibs in that rival executives will try to back him into a corner and wait for things to get really uncomfortable with Simmons, thereby driving down the asking price. But Morey is much more experienced in front office work than was Thibodeau, a coach to his core who had not yet started his third season as the lead decision-maker. Those around the league believe that if there is any executive able to stomach the circus that is sure to descend upon Philly, to block out the noise that comes with this kind of drama, it’s Morey.
Ben Simmons trade buzz has been one of the offseason’s hottest storylines, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and the 76ers have yet to pull the trigger in a deal involving the 25-year-old three-time All-Star. Will the Aussie wear the 76ers’ red, white and blue to start the season? By a wide margin, our panel’s vote projects Simmons to remain in Philly — at least until the season tips off on Oct. 19. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 45%
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Despite the on-paper match, ESPN’s NBA insider Zach Lowe took to his podcast to say there’s a slim chance of that actually happening due to the Clippers’ lack of interest in Russell Westbrook when he was available: “The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook. They were a rumored Russell Westbrook trade in a few places whenever that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much.” Lowe ultimately concluded, “I just don’t see it,” because, like Westbrook, Wall is over 30 and has a massive contract — $44 million due this season and a player option the following season for over $47 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers earn the top spot for Team Turmoil, as our experts predict which teams will be surrounded by the most drama this season. While the Ben Simmons saga lingers in Philly, the Lakers could share in the dramatics, as head coach Frank Vogel will have to incorporate former MVP Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony along with five former Laker alums. 1. Philadelphia 76ers: 61 points (55.0% first-place votes)
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