Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving underwent successful surgery today at the Cleveland Clinic to address a fractured bone in his right hand. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham and Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker. Irving is projected to be ready for the start of training camp at the end of September and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I like to think of myself as an Optimist. And on Fridays, I like whip out a big, bold new episode of NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE. Join me, won’t you?

I realize I’ve been away for a couple weeks – off on a quick, but much-needed vacation. I went whitewater rafting through the crocodile-infested Batoka Gorge along the Limpopo River in central southern Africa. But that’s not important.