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Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury could mean surgery and end of season

Former-Celtic, Kyrie Irving, has been diagnosed with shoulder impingement and has not played since November 14. He may have sustained the injury on Novemmber 4, 2019, when the Nets faced the Pelicans, and the injury is reminiscent of what Markelle Fultz endured early in his career. Irving is currently rehabbing with the hope he can return to action this season, but the chance of surgery has reared its ugly head, and even if that is not necessary, he could miss the rest of the season.


Both Irving and Al Horford have not particularly thrived since choosing to leave Boston over the summer. Al feels his skills are not being fully utilized in Philadelphia, and Kyrie may have played his last game for Brooklyn this season. But the Boston Celtics are doing just fine without the two All-Stars, holding the third slot of the standings with a 25-8 record.


Having rehabbed untold shoulder injuries over the last 26 years, including my own, it is quite possible that rest and rehab may do the trick, and we could see Kyrie back this season. Strengthening all of the muscles within, and surrounding, the shoulder can be a very effective alternative to surgery, depending on the specific issue.



Despite all of the turmoil within the 2018-19 Celtics team, I have always maintained that the problem was exacerbated by a number of parties - not just Kyrie. He is too good, and too-exciting of a player not to be out there on the court. We wish him the best.

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  1. Hey, Tom, it's been a while. I plugged your site on CelticsLife today and it was about this topic. I just got over a shoulder impingement, and I've dealt with them in the past too. I think Kyrie's a wuss for not playing through this. I've played hoops with this injury. It's not pleasant, but it's not so bad that you can't play through it. That's just my opinion, and I'm sure it's influenced by my anti-Kyrie bias, but if I can do heavy military presses with a pretty annoying shoulder impingement, I'm pretty sure Kyrie can shoot a basketball without too much trouble.

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    1. Always great to hear from you, Brian. Like you, I have endured the pain of impingement and continued to lift heavy, including very heavy, one-rep overhead presses. It works if you know what you are doing. It has worked for me and many others. Kyrie and Al are not doing gret after leaving Boston.

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