Will Duke’s Kyrie Irving Return for the NCAA Tournament? Ask His Father

by 7 years ago

Kyrie Irving's father does not want him to return this season. Drederick Irving, who played at Boston University and has his number hanging in Agganis Arena, fears that Irving will re-injure his toe if he were to play during the 2011 postseason campaign. It's an understandable fear. For anyone who saw Irving suffer the freak injury in the December game against Butler, and then watch him continue playing, perhaps making matters even worse, the idea that he could re-aggravate the injury is troubling. And Irving, who many projected pre-injury would be a one-and-done, needs to think about his NBA career. Since he'll now likely return for his sophomore season, Irving also needs to think about his future tandem with Austin Rivers, who will arrive in Durham next fall and, along with Curry and Dawkins, help yield probably the best backcourt in the country.

But shouldn't Irving want to play now? He's been an integral part of Duke's team this season, despite the street clothes, and you know he's hungry to give Duke the extra push to capture the ACC crown and make another run to the Final Four. He probably wouldn't start, but would certainly provide the spark that the Blue Devils would need off the bench when they inevitabley fall behind in the first half or late in a tight game. Should he listen to his father, his trainers, Coach K, or his own body? It's a tough call, and even though we Duke fans what we would choose, we're not in his shoes. What do you guys think? If you were Kyrie Irving, and you felt healthy enough to play, would you make a late-season comeback? Or would you listen to your father? Sound Off in the comments…

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