Kyrie Irving has apparently taken a major step in his recovery from knee surgery this past April. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Irving has been cleared for "basketball activities" and to participate in one-on-one work.
Irving, who has had knee trouble for years, had season-ending surgery this past April to remove two screws he had inserted back in 2015. It was the second surgery he had this past season - the first coming in March.
Irving was originally expected to be back at full strength in four or five months. From that perspective, he might be ahead of schedule.
Irving was a key member of the Boston Celtics last season, helping the team secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals without him but ultimately fell to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Here's what Windhorst had to say. He had some updates on other NBA stars as well.
With James now playing for the Lakers in the Western Conference, many believe that the Celtics, with the return of both Irving and Gordon Hayward, should be considered the favorite in the East. Clearly, the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers will have something to say about it.
It's too early to tell when Irving will be a full go to return to NBA action. We'll keep you updated.