Kyrie Irving is in Charlotte this weekend for the All-Star festivities of the NBA and, though he continues to progress since the right knee injury that has marginalized him this week, he will be on the field Sunday to fulfill his functions as a supporter voted by the public. LeBron team.
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Celtics basketball president Danny Ainge was also very concerned at the start. But Irving was heading to Charlotte regardless of participation in the game, not only because of the NBA and sponsorship obligations, especially as a rising star challenge coach on Friday night, but also because he had planned to bring a group of relatives and friends for the game. experience before getting injured knee earlier this month.
The Celtics training staff suggested that if Irving was 100% healthy and allowed to participate in all activities before the game on Sunday, weekend activities could offer a chance to engage in the genre. light basketball job that he could otherwise look for in his normal recovery.
Brad Stevens and Celtics coach Brad Stevens both endorsed the idea by promising that Irving would be in great shape. Irving was accompanied to Charlotte by team coach Brian Dolan, as well as by Irving's personal trainer, Robin Pound.
Ainge said he was confident that neither Dolan nor Pound would authorize Irving to play if there was a health problem. The Celtics will not train as a team until Wednesday. They will then travel to Milwaukee and have an afternoon training on the eve of Thursday's showdown with the East Bucks leaders.
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"[Irving has] From day to day, I think there would be a chance that if we played Friday or Saturday, he would be eliminated, and I think that would be my thought, if he would have been eliminated for us on Friday or Saturday. , so he should probably play [in the All-Star Game]Stevens said, "If there are problems and it's not at 110%, I would not play."
"The reason I say that is because you're going to have to organize your basketball activity, it does not matter, you have to go up and down the field, we can not do anything according to the rules of the game. NBA, before mid-week next For me, that makes sense, it's 100%, it must be 100%. "
That's not to say that the only basketball game that Irving could have found this weekend in Charlotte is the All-Star Game. Nevertheless, the Celtics seem confident that the nature of this weekend's activities will help Irving get rid of rust while not putting too much risk of further injury.
Nevertheless, the Celtics will have to hold their breath as an Irving re-engraving that would cost him more regular season games would be particularly disappointing. Nevertheless, the case advanced by the team is that it would be just as risky in a controlled environment by a team than during the festival All-Star.
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As long as Irving will be healthy and on the court Thursday night in Milwaukee, his participation in the all-star game will ultimately be a tiny part of the Celtics season filled with more remarkable dramas. But it certainly does not do much to draw Irving from the spotlight in which he lived much of last month.
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