Kyrie Irving needs a second knee surgery to remove two screws from his patella. Kyrie also has a complication with an infection in his knee. He will be out for the rest of the season and miss the playoffs. Unfortunately, this surgery will have Kyrie off the court for 4 to 5 months.
On Instagram, the Celtics star wrote, “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.” He went on to explain how this journey will be a test of his perseverance and will.
At the end of his post, he pumped up Celtics fans, saying “This season was only a snapshot of what’s to come from me. Trust Me.” (Yep- capitalized “Me”)
Also, last week I wrote that Kyrie won’t be as helpful or as involved as Gordon Hayward is with the team. I kind of take that back now. Kyrie included in his post that he is looking forward to hearing how loud it gets in TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets. Pretty cool. Thanks for letting us know you’ll at least be there, dude.
One other angle here: Stephen Oh, a SportsLine data analyzer, says that the Celtics’ already-slim chances of winning the title have dwindled to almost zero now that Irving is out for the playoffs. With Irving, Boston had a 1%chance of winning the title, but now that he’s out that now stands at 0.6%. Additionally, this guy says that the Celtics are no longer favored to even make it out of the first round.
People like Stephen suck ALL the fun out of sports for me. Seriously, put down the pen and paper and just watch what happens. Yes, it is great to remain informed and not to get your hopes up, but the Celtics fans just need to have high-energy in the Garden and sit back and watch these young guys play. Isn’t it more fun to watch sports with a little bit of hope? Then the victory feels like an ultimate accomplishment.
Finally, if ANYONE approaches me this week to ask me if I have “heard about Kyrie” I’m going to sarcastically say “No” and probably skip away. Come on, I don’t live under a rock. By this point, I’ve written more posts about him and researched him more than I ever thought I would. YES I’VE “HEARD” ABOUT IT. Just wanted to toss this paragraph out here as a little passive-aggressive enlightenment about how hard it is to be an informed female sports fan lately.
Image via Kyrie Irving’s Instagram.