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Kyrie Irving shares harrowing details of serious knee infection

There was some encouraging news on the Kyrie Irving front when a report on Thursday revealed the Boston Celtics guard had been cleared for basketball activities. However, as Irving himself revealed, the long road to recovery following knee issues included some disturbing details.

Irving revealed to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that a bacterial infection in his knee put him in a potentially dire situation.

“I mean, you ask anybody with an infection, they will probably try to downplay it,” Irving said. “It’s a personal thing because your body is going through it. I was fighting an infection in a specific place in your body where you can’t necessarily reach with your hands. You got to go in there and kind of see what’s going on, and what happened for me was, the metal wiring and the screws that I had in there, the infection was on that, so I had to remove that and then be on antibiotics for about two months.

“It could have evolved to staph, but good thing we caught it early. I am glad that is done. That was a long, long (expletive) two months.”

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 discovery of the infection, to no surprise, hampered Irving’s rehab.

“For the last two months, it was a long, rigorous process, trying to get that infection out and make sure I was safe,” Irving said. “And then rehabbing from there. So I have been rehabbing probably for the last month and some change where I can actually do something without much restrictions.”

Irving is expected to be fully recovered by the time of training camp. The Celtics’ hope is the superstar guard can build upon his stellar first season in Boston, during which he averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games before getting shut down.