LAS VEGAS: Kyrie Irving will miss the summer league season after fracturing his a bone in his right hand during the Cavs’ morning practice on Saturday. He is flying back to Cleveland on Sunday and will need surgery to repair the break. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks, but should be healthy for the start of training camp in October.
Irving was upset with himself after turning the ball over in practice and he smacked his hand into the padding on the wall. The padding was thinner than he thought, he said, but it didn’t hurt right away and he kept playing. Then his hand was hit again a few minutes later and he took himself out.
“I’m a little disappointed for a freak accident like that,” Irving said. “I have to be more responsible about my health. It was crazy. It happened so fast. That thing I did, hitting the padding on the wall, I’ve done it so many times. This time it was just a freak accident.”
It’s a disappointing blow to the start of a summer schedule that was brimming with optimism. Irving played with the U.S. Select team last week and had been looking forward to participating in summer league since the middle of last season.
He led the Cavs in scoring, but missed a total of 14 games last season with a concussion, shoulder injury and illness. He also missed most of his only season in college with a toe injury.
“It’s not bad luck. I’ve done a few things in that time between me getting hurt,” Irving said. “It’s not bad luck, it just happens. Plays happen. They’re uncontrollable.”
The Cavs haven’t had any discussions about replacing him on the summer league roster. They still have Donald Sloan and T.J. Campbell as pure point guards and Dion Waiters has experience handling the ball, too.