Kyrie Irving addresses knee injury: it's 'test of my perseverance'

Kyrie Irving addresses knee injury: it's 'test of my perseverance'

Kyrie Irving offered some perspective Thursday on the devastating revelation that he will need to undergo a second knee procedure and miss the entire playoffs. 

In an Instagram post, Irving said he views the setback as a test of his personal willpower. 

“The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you,” he wrote. “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. It’s simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what’s going on.”

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. It’s simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what’s going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I’ve set out for the team and myself. This season was only a snapshot of what’s to come from me. Trust Me. “The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues.” #StandingRockSiouxTribe Let’s go Celtics!! Celtics fans, I look forward to hearing how loud it gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets. Thank you all!

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The Celtics announced Thursday Irving will undergo a procedure Saturday to remove two screws implanted in his patella. The All-Star point guard first suffered the knee injury in the 2015 NBA Finals with Cleveland and got the two screws inserted into his patella afterwards. 

According to the team statement, a bacterial infection recently developed around the screws. The surgery will be to remove the infection at the “site of the hardware.”  

Saturday’s surgery will be Irving’s second operation in three weeks. He had a tension wire removed in his left knee March 24. Irving averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game this season. 



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