Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will miss the remainder of the regular season and the entire playoffs after undergoing recent knee surgery.
According to the Celtics, Irving will undergo another procedure to remove two screws implanted in his patella from an injury he suffered during the 2015 NBA Finals. He’s expected to miss 4-5 months.
#NEBHInjuryReport Kyrie Irving will undergo a procedure this Saturday to remove two screws implanted in his patella from an injury suffered during the 2015 NBA Finals.
He is expected to make a full recovery in 4-5 months. https://t.co/WKQfPlUZ0u
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 5, 2018
Following this news, Irving himself took to Instagram to provide a rather interesting statement.
“The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold,” Irving said.
Irving also made sure to call out those who have criticized him in the past.
“It’s simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what’s going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I’ve set out for the team and myself.”
An MVP candidate for a vast majority of his first season with the Celtics, Irving will now watch from afar as his team looks to earn a title in a year that’s been defined by injury. In no way does this mean he won’t be 100 percent and ready to go for the 2018-19 season.