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Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics is ready to return to motion Tuesday evening towards the Brooklyn Nets, sporting a protecting face masks. After lacking Sunday’s win over the Toronto Raptors with a facial fracture, the purpose guard admits he will get a chuckle out of the social media phenomenon that’s created when NBA stars don such protecting headgear.

“I hate sporting it, however someway it is induced a craze on Instagram in addition to social media,” Irving mentioned, in line with ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “It is ‘masked man.’ However I perceive that it is only for my security, so throw on the masks for just a few weeks and go about my enterprise.”

Irving final needed to put on a masks again in 2012, and it seemed fairly humorous. When his former teammate LeBron James dropped a career-high 61 factors in 2014, the very fact he did it in a masks spawned a whole superhero meme.

There’s nonetheless a sore spot on Irving’s face, one thing the 25-year-old mentioned has not been helped by his daughter.

“My daughter hit me in my face the opposite day and, that proper there, I virtually teared up,” Irving mentioned. “I did my very best to not cry in entrance of her.”