Report: Kyrie Irving has been ready to play for a week
Kyrie Irving could return from injury against the Thunder on Thursday, or more likely, the 76ers on Sunday.
But, if the Cavaliers point guard has his way, he’d reportedly already be back.
The Cavaliers are wise to be patient until Irving is fully healthy. An Eastern Conference-best 15-7, they’re fine without him for now. Their primary goal is obviously a championship, and they can’t win that in December or January.
But they also can’t keep Irving on the shelf once he’s cleared. He’s competitive, and it could be too damaging to make him so unhappy for so long.
There’s a difference between “ready to play” and fully healthy. The former means Irving can contribute in games. The latter means he’s not facing additional risk of re-injuring himself.
Cleveland should hold – and apparently is holding – Irving to that higher standard before he plays. Even then, it seems he’ll return sooner than later.