Kyrie Irving says he’s progressing toward return to court

MIAMI (AP) — If Kyrie Irving knows when he’ll be back on the floor with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’s not telling.

The All-Star guard will only divulge this: He’s getting closer.

Irving spoke Thursday about his status coming off the knee injury that kept him from all but one game of last season’s NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers fell to Golden State in six games. The Cavaliers open training camp later this month.

Irving says whatever the timeline is, “it’ll be for the betterment of the team and for us to also compete for a world championship.”

Irving averaged 21.7 points and 5.2 assists for Cleveland last season, his first year playing alongside LeBron James. During the playoffs Cleveland was 10-3 with Irving on the floor, 4-3 when he was sidelined.