Irving may need shoulder surgery
Kyrie Irving will keep rehabbing his right shoulder in hopes of rejoining the Nets this season, though acknowledged that he may need surgery.
Irving said Saturday he chose to get a cortisone shot late last month instead of having arthroscopic surgery, with the goal of playing for the first time since the middle of November. He said his shoulder problem began with overuse near the end of training camp and got worse early in the regular season.
He finally stopped playing after a Nov. 14 game against the Nuggets, and the Nets have said his injury is an impingement. Irving said he also had bursitis.
He said surgery would knock him out for at least a couple months, but he would prefer first to keep working toward playing this season, his first with the Nets.
Irving averaged 28.5 points in 11 games.
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