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.
Coach K: ‘We’re not looking for Kyrie to come back’
NEW YORK –During St. John’s stunning 93-78 upset of No. 3 Duke Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, a group of little boys in St. John’s jerseys tried to get Kyrie Irving’s attention by shouting his name toward the Duke bench.
Irving didn’t acknowledge them and remains glued to the bench for the foreseeable future because of the toe injury suffered Dec. 4 against Butler.
“We’re not looking for him to come back, we’re looking for him to get well,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Irving, a freshman from West Orange, N.J., is due to get his cast off Friday, but won’t play anytime soon.
“Sometime late this week,” Coach K said of the cast removal. “What that does is triggers a new rehabilitation program, which takes a long time.”
Irving was averaging 17.4 points and 5.1 assists in Duke’s first eight games of the season.
Duke fans are hoping he can return for March Madness.
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.