Earlier this afternoon, a report emerged suggesting the Brooklyn Nets would shut down one of their star players. It didn’t take long for that report to become fact.
The Nets announced on Thursday afternoon that star point guard Kyrie Irving is done for the rest of the season. According to a statement from the team, Irving will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
It’s a tough loss for the Nets, but one the team is accustomed to at this point. After signing Irving and Kevin Durant in the off-season, Nets fans haven’t seen much of their stars since. Durant’s case is an exception, of course, because fans knew he would likely miss the 2019-20 season.
However, Irving was expected to lift the team to another playoff appearance. Instead, the star point guard played in just 20 games for Brooklyn this season.
Nets general manager Sean Marks announced the news.
Sean Marks says it’s a consensus that Irving will get surgery and be out for the season. #nets
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) February 20, 2020
Irving missed 26 consecutive games earlier this season with the right shoulder impingement.
He eventually saw a specialist and received a cortisone injection in his shoulder in late December, which he hoped would eliminate the need for surgery.
The star point guard missed time this season with hamstring and knee injuries as well.
It’s a tough end to what sounded like a promising beginning.