Friday, March 4, 2011

Irving out of boot, but not expected back

Duke freshman guard Kyrie Irving had a protective boot removed from his injured right foot Friday, but coach Mike Krzyzewski said he isn’t expecting Irving back this season.

“We’re not expecting him to play,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s not in our crosshairs or sight or whatever. We just want him to get well. We have a responsibility that whatever his future might hold, that we take care of his future. That’s the commitment we give every kid that comes through our program.”

Irving injured his right big toe against Butler on Dec. 4 and chose a non-surgical recovery. He visited Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday in Charlotte.
Although Krzyzewski said doctors are pleased with Irving’s progress, he is just now ready to begin a few basketball-related activities at a slow tempo.

“It’s just unfortunate that a guy who could have been the best player in the country was not given an opportunity to see if he could end up being that way,” Krzyzewski said.

Ken Tysiac

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

“It’s just unfortunate that a guy who could have been the best player in the country was not given an opportunity to see if he could end up being that way,” Krzyzewski said.

That sounds like a guy who knows that Irving is not only done for the season, but is also done with college basketball. I love it.

Anonymous said...

"bleek"?

Anonymous said...

"We’re not expecting him to play,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s not in our crosshairs or sight or whatever

so essentially, in K-Speak, this means he'll be back for the ACC Finals or second weekend of NCAAs

Anonymous said...

Boo Hoo! The Blue Dresses won't have their best player!

Kyrie, good luck in the NBA!

Blue Dresses rejoice! Enjoy the victory over UNC.

Anonymous said...

The wiseman

Irving may choose a pro career, but may not pass up the opportunity to run with the Devils once more. Don't forget about next years backcourt recruit. Remember Doc Rivers has a son too. What a tandom they would be.

Anonymous said...

Irving had previously said that if Rivers comes to Duke, that he'll come back as well. Well, Rivers committed, but this injury might've changed Irving's mind (and I can't blame him).

I don't expect him back this year, and don't think K is trying to be coy about his return either. I think Kyrie won't take the court until he's 100%, and I doubt that'll be this season, or in a Duke uniform again.

Anonymous said...

UNC-CHeat sucks.

SINGET said...

If Kyrie is SMART as well as a good player, he will STAY at DUKE for a second year no matter who comes or goes to get his "year of experience" with a good foot under him and surrounded by folks who truly have HIS best interests at heart. Pulling an NBA schedule while getting his whole body back in shape...and I mean learning to NOT make compensatory moves with the other foot could cause him permanent injury or shorten his career. Be smart, Kyrie...stay in school.