Kyrie Irving hasn’t played in the last 19 games for the Brooklyn Nets, including the painful 94-82 loss against the New York Knicks on Thursday. The team has stated Kyrie isn’t ready to return to the floor and growing rumors about the situation have started to see the light.
He’s down with a shoulder impingement injury, but now fans have started to speculate there could be more to the All-Star's absence. NBA analyst Ric Bucher was a guest on WFAN on Friday, and, when he was asked about Kyrie’s current situation, Bucher said that he's been hearing we’re not seeing the real picture of this whole thing.
"I hate to buy in to salacious rumors, but I've heard it from enough different places, and some of which I give credibility, that there's a lot more going on with Kyrie than just physical issues, that he's struggling," Bucher said. "I think we remember the Instagram post after the Boston reception, or rather reaction, and so there's some things that he has to work out, I don't know, psychologically, mentally, however you want to determine it.
"But my understanding is that there's more going on here than just physical issues, and where that stands and what he's doing to get that taken care of, I don't know, but there are some troubling signs that I've been told that there's more than just physical ailments that he's dealing with."
Bucher was also asked about the time when the All-Star point guard could be making his return to the lineup, and his guesses sound very much like the rest of us.
"I think there's an unknown there, but it's not just like he needs to get past some physical problems," Bucher said. "And how that is handled and how they deal with it, that's open-ended."
Kyrie was expected to be the leader of this team while Kevin Durant returned from his injury, but none of that has happened. In his first season with the Nets, Irving has averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.