Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving is now out of his walking boot for good, but it remains unclear if he’ll play again this season.
Irving tweeted on Friday: “I’m now retiring my walking boot officially…back to regular sneakers lol…feels good!!!”
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the West Orange, N.J. native has been cleared for “a few basketball-related activities” as he recovers from the toe injury suffered Dec. 4 against Butler at the Izod Center.
Coach K said Friday that he still doesn’t expect Irving to return this season.
Irving met with a doctor in Charlotte and was cleared for the next step in his rehabilitation, though Krzyzewski says it wouldn’t be at the normal pace to prepare him to return to the lineup for the fourth-ranked Blue Devils. He says Duke has “a responsibility that … we take care of his future.”
Irving was averaging 17 points and five assists while starting the first eight games.
Duke visits North Carolina Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.