Written by: Kevin Early
Kyrie Irving, the NBA's reigning Rookie of the Year, broke his right hand during the Cleveland Cavaliers' Summer League practice on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Irving is said to have broken his hand by slapping the wall padding during practice out of frustration. This happened after Irving had committed a turnover during practice with Cleveland’s summer league team.
Irving is scheduled to return to Cleveland so he can be examined by team doctors and will likely undergo surgery. Although a timeline is not in place, Cleveland optimistically said that he would be ready for their training camp which starts in September.
"I am a little disappointed," Irving told reporters. "I have to be more responsible about my health. It was just crazy. It happened so fast."
"It was just a freak accident," said Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 assists last season and missed fourteen games with injuries – ten from a shoulder injury, one from a concussion and one from illness.
Recently Irving had called Laker great Kobe Bryant out to a one-on-one match. Bryant took his challenge and they were set to have a $50,000 match for charity. Due to his injury, charity and the one-on-one between a young up and comer and an all-time great will have to wait. Unless he thinks he can take Bryant with one hand. The moral of the story, if you’re going to punch/slap something, make sure it’s not padded…
Perhaps you missed “Inside the NBA” on Sunday night following the Thunders demolishment of the Houston Rockets. If so, let me fill you in on a comment made by Charles Barkley referring to the day’s activities. Sir Charles stated “This may be the worst playoffs we have ever seen.” …
With the NBA playoffs just under way it is time to take a quick look back at the regular season and evaluate which individual players and coach made the greatest contributions to their respective franchises success this year.
We will start our in-depth analysis with Most Valuable Player, Candidates: LeBron James
Most observers of the NBA have all but already anointed the Miami Heat as the 2013 Eastern Conference Champions. In the West there seems to be more of a competition but the overwhelming opinion has the Oklahoma City Thunder emerging from there to meet the Heat. …