Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, general manager Sean Marks announced Thursday night.
Marks said the decision was made after Irving had visited with a specialist the past few days.
Irving, who joined the Nets as a free agent last summer alongside Kevin Durant, played in just 20 games in his first season in Brooklyn. He missed 26 games over the span of nearly two months with a right shoulder impingement, before eventually returning in mid-January following a cortisone shot.
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But after he missed the final five games before the All-Star break with a knee sprain he suffered in a nasty-looking fall in a loss to the Washington Wizards on Feb. 1, it was determined that it wasn’t worth Irving playing through pain in the shoulder any longer, and that surgery was the right course of action.
What wasn’t on the table, Marks said, was Irving getting another cortisone shot.
Fans when hearing the news were a bit skeptical.
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