Reports are that the second-year point guard out of Duke broke a bone on the outside of his right hand after slapping it against against a wall pad in disgust during practice.
The reigning NBA’s Rookie Of The Year is expected to be out 6 to 8 weeks, which would mean that Irving will be back in time for Cavaliers training camp in October.
Irving, who would recently challenge Bryant to a game of one-on-one will now have to sit on the sidelines and watch both his Cavaliers in summer league action and Team USA back home in Cleveland.
Irving, who would lead all rookies in scoring with 18.5 points per game, while shooting 46.9 percent from the field and grabbing 3.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists, was expected to play alongside with first round draft picks, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.
Irving would also miss a significant portion of playing time in college due to a toe injury and play in a total of only 11 games for the Duke Blue Devils.
If there is a blessing in disguise for Cleveland is that this was during the off-season, and that Irving is expected to make a full recovery, but this latest injury to Irving, who miss 15 games in his rookie season due a concussion, and sprained shoulder, has to make Cavs fan everywhere a little concerned.
Right now, the best thing that Uncle Drew can do is worry about getting–staying healthy–before calling out the Black Mamba anytime soon.
Robert D. Cobb is the NBA Network Manager for Rant Media Network, Featured Writer of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Browns and Arsenal Gunners.
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