The Brooklyn Nets signed two big-named free agents this summer. Forward Kevin Durant is already set to miss the entire season, as he recovers from an Achilles injury sustained during last season’s National Basketball Association Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors, playing as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Now, point guard Kyrie Irving is banged up as well. Tuesday, during a pickup game at the Nets’ practice facility, the All-Star guard suffered a facial fracture to the left-side of his face when he was elbowed in the face.
Irving was sent to the hospital after the injury, where tests were done confirming the fracture. He is expected to take the injury day-to-day. With training camp set to begin Saturday, Brooklyn needs to be overly cautious with Irving moving forward.
According to SB Nation’s Nets Daily, Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks gave Irving great praise saying, “We’re obviously pretty excited about having Kyrie in here and I think it’s been, we’ve seen it out on the court already in these pickup games — the leadership, the work ethic and the competitive nature that he has brought to the group has been terrific.”
The Nets are banking on both Durant and Irving to lead this young team who surprisingly came out of nowhere last season to make the playoffs. The duo along with veteran big-man Deandre Jordan are expected to play major roles on a team with championship aspirations.
Those plans may be on hold for a year while KD recovers. At the same time, this injury for Kyrie has to raise some concerns for Marks and Brooklyn, as the guard’s resume shows some red-flags with a long history of various injuries. Nevertheless, Kyrie is worth the gamble because when healthy he is a top ten player in the NBA. Brooklyn’s youngsters will need him on the court this season if their goal is to blossom into a full-fledged championship contender.
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