Report: Kyrie Irving cleared for basketball activities, 1-on-1 work
Kyrie Irving’s road to recovery from knee issues recently reached a significant milestone as the Boston Celtics point guard has been cleared for basketball activities and 1-on-1 work.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, in Las Vegas for Team USA camp, shared the news.
Items from Team USA camp today: Paul George looked great 2 months off knee surgery, did full contact; Mike Conley was not doing full contact; James Harden in looks in great shape & motivated following Game 7 loss; Kyrie Irving cleared for basketball activities & doing 1-on-1 work
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 26, 2018
Irving shared a recovery update of his own on Thursday as well, indicating an expectation of being “100 percent ready” for camp in the fall.
Kyrie Irving just told me he hasn’t played 5-on-5 full contact yet, but worked out this morning with his trainer and expects to be 100 percent for the start of training camp.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 26, 2018
While 5-on-5 full contact is yet to be part of Irving’s regimen, said actives were not part of the Celtics’ plan for him anyway. Celtics coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge reportedly hope to have Irving playing 5-on-5 sometime in August.
Irving originally was shut down in late March due to a procedure to remove a tension wire in his left knee. The 26-year-old was only expected to miss at the most six weeks. However, Irving was declared out for the season and underwent a second procedure to remove two screws from his patella.
The Celtics surprisingly made an unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Finals in Irving’s absence, only to be bested by the LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Irving said it “completely sucked” to sit out unable to help his team.
Irving continued to be one of the NBA’s top point guards in his first season in Boston, averaging 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games before getting shut down.