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NBA Rookie of Year Kyrie Irving Breaks Right Hand, Cavaliers Say

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July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the reigning National Basketball Association’s rookie of the year, broke his right hand during Summer League practice, the team said.

Irving, 20, sustained a fracture after slapping the padding on the wall when he committed a turnover during yesterday’s morning practice at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

“It was just a freak accident,” Irving, the team’s top scorer, told reporters. “I have to be more responsible about my health. It was just crazy. It happened so fast.”

Irving, the No. 1 selection in the 2011 NBA draft, is returning to Cleveland today where he will be evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health by the team physician.

The team said he most likely will be ready for the start of the training camp in late September. A definitive schedule for his return won’t be made until further evaluation of the fracture, the team said.

Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 assists last season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net