Sean Marks announced that Kyrie Irving will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
Irving had visited a specialist over the past few days before making the decision.
“He’s obviously upset about this, and we’re here to support him, support the process, moving forward with him and the rehabilitation,” Marks said.
Irving missed 26 straight games this season with a right shoulder impingement.
Irving returned to action Jan. 12 and played nine games before suffering a right knee sprain on Feb. 1st, which ended up being his final game of the season.
Irving received a cortisone shot on Dec. 24, which he hoped would eliminate the short-term need for surgery.
“I think Kyrie even mentioned a couple times that he’s been playing through pain,” Marks said. “He’s been playing, and we got to give him a lot of credit for that, pushing through. He wants to be out there with his guys. It gets to the point where you say enough is enough, and again it goes to long-term health, and the best prognosis for him right now is, let’s shut him down and get this taken care of once and for all.”