KYRIE Irving’s expected return to injury for the 2015-16 NBA season may have to be put back a little bit further.
The Cleveland Cavalier star said there’s no exact timetable for his comeback two months after undergoing surgery on his fractured kneecap which he injured during the course of the Finals last June against the Golden State Warriors.
Irving was initially expected to miss at least three to four months, which meant he would be in full strength again by the time the new season kicks off in late October.
But now, everything seems to be on hold.
“I'm honestly not putting a date on anything,” Irving told Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com. “People are going to put a date regardless. I'm just continuing to be on the journey I've been on, and that's continuing to get better every single day and rehabbing my leg.”
The superstar point guard perfectly complemented LeBron James during the team’s 2014-15 campaign when he averaged 21.7 points (on 41.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc) and 5.2 assists as the Cavaliers reigned anew in the Eastern Conference and earn another trip to the Finals.
But Irving injured his knee in Game One of the Finals and missed the best-of-seven series the rest of the way as the do-it-all James was left alone to carry the fight for the undermanned Cavs, who was also without big man Kevin Love.
“LeBron can't beat the Warriors on his own. He can make it close, he might even get a lead or two, but when games are on the line and defenses are keyed in on James, there must be someone who can shoulder the burden of a single basket,” Mike Foss of USA Today wrote during the course of the series.
As Irving tries to get healthy, James would have to settle getting backcourt help from returnee Mo Williams, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova, who turned out to be a revelation in the playoffs last season.