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Kyrie Irving fractured his hand at NBA Summer League practice

Jul 15, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

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The NBA Summer League has had a lot of solid players doing a lot of solid things, but there hasn’t been a player able to create a buzz quite like Blake Griffin, John Wall or any of the other Summer League stars of yonder years. It looked like Kyrie Irving might be that player considering top pick Anthony Davis is absent, but that apparently (and unfortunately) will not be the case.

The Cleveland Cavaliers quick and crafty point guard suffered a hand fracture at practice on Saturday morning and, unfortunately, it didn’t even happen while he was making a basketball play. In fact, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, the injury happened when play on the court was stopped.

Cavs say Kyrie fractured hand by slapping the padding on gym wall at practice. Cavs say initial projection to return start of training camp. Irving sent to the hospital for hand X-rays after experiencing stronger pain on bus ride back from practice. Surgery likely late next week.

The buzz inside the Summer League gym indicates that Irving’s hand is currently in a cast — overly unfortunate considering the timing, even if he is expected to be back in time for the start of training camp.

If Spears’ report proves to be true (and there’s really no reason for it not to be), this will go down as one of the more lame-brained injuries in the history of basketball. It won’t have quite the impact that Amare Stoudemire punching a fire extinguisher during the playoffs did simply because of the timing, but this happened while practicing for an exhibition Summer League game in practice.

Yep, we’re talking about practice.

  1. willcoop62 - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Is this kid going to be able to stay injury free? He seems a little fragile right now.

  2. doggpound4ever - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    come on Kyrie use your head. i was so excited to watch summer league. get well soon.

    • p1nch3dloaf - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:00 AM

      Unfortunate, but you got to love his competitive spirit.

      BTW, better a fractured hand than a fractured skull:)

  3. mack10da - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    karma gets u every time!! keep running ur mouth Irving!!

  4. londonaiooo - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    That sucks. Hardly worth comparing it to Amare’s though, people slap padding all the time to express frustration. The whole point of the padding is to protect from injury! Doesn’t sound like Kyrie’s fault at all.

  5. imforbigblue - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Wow he slaps padding and breaks his hand god only knows what would happen to him if he falls down and hits a hard floor big sissy

    • andyhr17 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      You act like he slapped a down pillow and his hand exploded.

  6. congocash - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Young guys overplaying again….cousins, griff, now its kyrie…. Take it easy young fella

  7. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    He’s either an idoit or just a pussy he’s always hurt. He played 12 games in college and he got drafted #1. How? He had to suck someone duck

    • andyhr17 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      If Blake Griffin a pussy because his knees keep getting hurt? Is Wade a big pussy because he was hindered by injuries most of last season? Injuries happen. Sometimes it’s just bad luck. You can’t call a guy soft because he happened to hit a pad at the right angle it is broke his hand. Bad luck (and a stupid heat of the moment thing to do).

    • andyhr17 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Also, Lebron played zero games in college and got drafted #1. What does the number of college games played have anything to do with draft position?

  8. jeffw - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    I feel bad for the dumb kid… but F Dan Gilbert.

  9. therealhtj - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Bet Kobe wouldn’t back down from playing him 1-on-1 now.

  10. maddogg911 - Jul 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    That’s what you get for talking back to Kobe!!!

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