Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap in the NBA Finals and underwent surgery in June. The Cavaliers will smartly play it safe with Irving’s injury, but there’s a chance he won’t be back on the court until January, according to Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The initial recovery timeline for the injury was three-to-four months, so this would seem like a setback, but Haynes says Irving’s rehabilitation is going smoothly. That very well may be the case, but missing seven-to-eight months with a supposed three-to-four month injury would seem like excessive caution.
Of course, the Cavaliers can get by without Irving in the lineup thanks to the presence of LeBron James, a hopefully healthy Kevin Love and solid role players. Cleveland brought in Mo Williams in free agency and retained Matthew Dellavedova on a qualifying offer. That group minus Irving can get through several months of the regular season just fine, and it’s most important for Kyrie to be healthy in the postseason.
Still, this is definitely something to monitor as the season begins. He certainly could return before January, but if he doesn’t, it’s fair to wonder what exactly is going on. And if anything, the Cavaliers will be a little less fun to watch at the start of the season.