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It’ll be a ‘long time’ before Irving returns for Duke

Dec 16, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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Mike Krzyzewski says it’ll be a “long time” before Kyrie Irving’s returns to Duke’s lineup.

It’s an ominous statement for Blue Devils fans, but nebulous for the rest of us. What does “a long time” mean, exactly? Weeks? Months? The rest of the season? My guess would be by Jan. 12, just in time for a trip to Florida State. (And if you can take anything from Irving’s tweets, he sounds more and more optimistic every day.)

Coach K refused to elaborate any further when he appeared on his HM Radio show Wednesday, mostly because a number of specialists are still meeting and planning Irving’s rehabilitation and recovery, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

So we’ll wait. No. 1 Duke (10-0) will continue to play without the freshman point guard, who was averaging 17.4 points a game before injuring the big toe on his right foot.

And despite any concerns about winning back-to-back NCAA tournament titles, the Devils insist they won’t rush Irving back into action.

“He’s 18 years old,” assistant coach Chris Collins told the paper. “He’s going to play basketball for a long, long time. We have to think about his health and what’s going to be best for him in the long term.”

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  1. economistsdoitwithmodels2 - Dec 16, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    The Charlotte Observer is reporting that he is done for the year.

    For all the best ACC news in one spot, check out http://www.InsideACCHoops.com

  2. florida727 - Dec 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    “He’s 18 years old,” assistant coach Chris Collins told the paper. “He’s going to play basketball for a long, long time. We have to think about his health and what’s going to be best for him in the long term.”

    Incomplete sentence. Here’s the rest of the quote…

    “…besides we have another McDonald’s All-American we can plug in at his position, so there’s no need to rush him back.”

    I’m not necessarily a Duke “fan”, but I do enjoy watching them play, and I do love Coach K and the way he runs his program. Just having a little, innocent quoting fun here. Good luck going back-to-back Duke. End of season should be fun as Coach K approaches Knight’s all-time coaching wins record. Should happen somewhere early in the NCAA tournament, right?

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