Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers were dealt a blow on Saturday when it was announced that guard Kyrie Irving would miss 8 to 10 weeks with a broken right hand.
The guard who was the teams and the NBA’s first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft will miss the teams summer leagues games after suffering the injury.
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott commented on the injury Sunday to the Plain Dealer, stating that it will be a blow to the team, and will stop the rookies and Irving from jelling early.
“It just really alters all the plans we had this summer as far as summer league was concerned with him and Dion getting a chance to jell with Tyler and those guys,” Scott said. “That was Plan A. We didn’t have a Plan B going into this because you just never imagine that happening. Obviously very unfortunate, not only for us but for Kyrie. All the work that he’s put in. He was pretty hurt by it. But he’ll be ready for training camp and hopefully a couple of weeks before training camp where we can get him out there and get him playing with some of the guys anyway before we get started.
“Obviously it’s a blow to us because it was something we really looked forward to, getting these young guys together for an extended period of time so they can kind of jell. All the stuff that we didn’t have a chance to do last year with summer league and before training camp and in September when guys start coming back to town, those were the things we were looking forward to.”
The coach said that he knew right away the guard had done something he shouldn’t have when he hit the wall, but that he didn’t see him do it.
“I didn’t see him initially hit the thing, but I saw when he came down the court he was kind of holding his hand. I said, ‘What did you do?’ The first thing he said was, ‘Something stupid.’ So he knew right away it was something he shouldn’t have done _ just a little anger at not making a pass or the pass wasn’t completed. He was upset with himself and he took it out on the wall. The wall won, obviously. Injury prone? That’s nothing I’m thinking about right now.”