Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who had had a number of injury problems during his NBA career, was seen wearing a walking boot while sightseeing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Ran into Cavs as they were going sightseeing in Rio. Kyrie Irving is in a walking boot on his right foot.,
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 8, 2014
The boot was on Irving’s right foot, with the injury happening yesterday in a practice prior to the team’s departure for Brazil. However, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Irving said,
“It’s not serious. I will be fine. Just a little sprain.”
That comment may not soothe the team’s fans, who are well-versed in the point guard’s injury history. During his time with the Cavaliers, Irving has already suffered a wide array of injuries: a concussion, sprained right shoulder, broken right hand, broken left index finger, a broken jaw, hyper-extended knee, sprained left shoulder, right nasal fracture, bruised knee and strained left biceps tendon.
Even prior to his selection by the Cavaliers as the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving was plagued by injuries. He saw his lone season at Duke ended after 11 games due to a toe injury.
The Cavaliers are in Brazil to face the Miami Heat in a game Saturday afternoon that will tip off at 5 p.m. Eastern.