Kyrie Irving will likely miss the 2012 London Olympics after suffering a freak injury on Saturday that left the reigning rookie of the year with a broken hand.
After committing a turnover towards the end of Saturday’s scrimmage game Irving slapped his hand into the padded part of a wall, injuring himself in the process.
Following the injury Irving told reporters:
“It was just a freak accident.”
The injury is a blow for Team USA which only has three weeks to practice for the summer Olympics.
Irving is returning to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors and will likely undergo surgery. The Cavs on Saturday night said they expect Irving to be ready for training camp in late September. Irving was the Cavs leading scorer last season after being drafted as the No. 1 overall pick during the 2011 NBA draft. Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists during his rookie year.
Irving was off to a great start for Team USA, dazzling during scrimmages with the U.S. Olympic team.
Irving missed 14 games during his rookie year including 10 because of a shoulder injury, three because of a concussion and one because of illness. While playing for Duke Irving played in only 11 games as a freshman because of a bad foot injury.
Following this most injury Irving said:
“I am a little disappointed. I have to be more responsible about my health. It was just crazy. It happened so fast.”
Kyrie Irving most recently made headlines after challenging future NBA hall of famer Kobe Bryant to a game of one-on-one with the loser pay $50,000 the charity. The trash talking that ensued from that challenge has went viral online. Here’s the Kobe-Kyrie video: