Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving will be out for ‘several weeks’

Written by By Staff Writer The owner of the Brooklyn Nets says he is “not quite sure” when Kyrie Irving will return from the sprained ankle that has kept him out since the end…

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving will be out for 'several weeks'

Written by By Staff Writer

The owner of the Brooklyn Nets says he is “not quite sure” when Kyrie Irving will return from the sprained ankle that has kept him out since the end of November.

During his weekly appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump,” Mikhail Prokhorov explained that the two-time All-Star guard will still be examined by an orthopedic specialist in Atlanta later this month.

“We will soon discuss everything with him. Because he will still see an anesthesiologist that he’s seeing at Georgia Tech and then we will see his orthopedic specialist as well,” Prokhorov said on the show.

“So we do not know yet, we are not quite sure — but we are planning on several weeks.”

“The good news is that Kyrie feels much better. He’s really put in a lot of work, hard work,” Prokhorov added.

“And I am saying many more good things about his attitude.”

The injury came in the aftermath of Irving’s fallout with president of basketball operations Danny Ainge after the latter decided to trade the All-Star point guard to the Boston Celtics last summer.

Irving, along with swingman Jayson Tatum, center Al Horford and forward Anthony Davis, helped spur the Celtics’ run to the Eastern Conference finals of the 2017-18 NBA season.

Irving, who is averaging 25.5 points, 4.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds for the Celtics, was believed to have been souring on the situation in Boston, where the team struggled early in the season.

Following the Irving trade, which was strongly criticized by then-Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Irving responded by wishing Stevens “good luck” in an Instagram post.

Ainge had already alerted NBA commissioner Adam Silver about his discontent with the deal, CNNMoney reported.

“It was an unfortunate situation and Kyrie and I have been in communication ever since,” said Prokhorov.

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