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Kyrie Irving returns to practice in a mask

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving recently made one of his first appearances wearing the colors of the Brooklyn Nets, with six-time All-Star opting to come to practice with a protective face mask on.

Irving sat out Day 1 of the Nets training camp due to a facial fracture he recently sustained in scrimmage, but it does not appear to be anything serious. The mask was reportedly nothing more than a precautionary measure, and judging by how Irving was running down the floor in the clip above, it is obvious that he is not bothered by his facial accessory.

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Nets this offseason, and Irving’s summer arrival was one of the biggest reasons behind all the chatter. Former back-to-back Finals MVP Kevin Durant also made his way to Brooklyn during the offseason, but with the two-time NBA champion looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an Achilles injury, Kyrie is widely expected to lead the charge for the Nets this coming season.

For his part, Irving will need to steer clear of any major injuries for the 2019-20 campaign, as he will need to be on the floor as his new team’s talisman for the entire season ahead. The past two years have been riddled with injuries for the 6-foot-3 point guard, with Irving only able to suit up for 60 and 67 games, respectively, over the past couple of seasons with the Boston Celtics.