Nets downplay seriousness of Kyrie Irving’s face injury

The Nets don’t officially open training camp until Friday, but star Kyrie Irving is already hurt.

The All-NBA standout got hit with an elbow to the head during a morning pickup game Tuesday. Coach Kenny Atkinson accompanied Irving to the doctor to get examined.

“Kyrie got hit with an inadvertent elbow during pickup this morning,” general manager Sean Marks said. “I wouldn’t want to speculate at all. I think this is just a case of doing due diligence. Kyrie goes and gets checked out like we’d do with anyone else, and we always send staff with them. This is a great opportunity for Kenny to be with him, too.”

Irving has a long laundry list of injuries, including a facial fracture during the 2017-18 season and an eye injury this past January.

Atkinson told NetsDaily that Irving is “OK.” And when Marks was asked if blood had been spilled, he laughed and downplayed the injury.

“Sounds like a horror movie,” Marks said. “I don’t want to go into details like that. It was definitely not the graphic portrayal that you outlined there.

“I think this is a case of us being cautious with all our guys. A stray, inadvertent elbow playing pickup games — yes, I did see it — those type of plays happen frequently in the same game. This is just a case where he caught the elbow and now we’re going to do our due diligence.”

In addressing Rodions Kurucs’ misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Marks said the Nets take the accusations seriously and will cooperate with any investigations.

Kurucs is due back in court on Oct. 21, two days before the opener.

“I’m pretty limited on what I can share, but to be honest, those allegations we take extremely serious as a franchise,” Marks said. “That goes from ownership, myself to all staff throughout here, we do take them seriously. We’re definitely going to let this play out in court. We’ll support the NBA in their investigation, and obviously, we’ll support the authorities and how that goes.

“My conversation with Rodi was more along the lines of we’re here for support. You’re part of our family. We’re here to support you and your family, and we’re here when you need us. If you need to talk, you need to cry, whatever it may be, we’re all here for you.”

Marks declined to comment on the reports linking the team with Carmelo Anthony, who played pickup games with several Nets in Los Angeles.

“I wouldn’t comment on any particular players that aren’t here on our team,” Marks said. “I will say we will do our due diligence on everybody. We’ve looked at multiple players, we’ve brought in several players, whether it was throughout the summer for pickup and they’ve come in on their own accord.”

The Nets will look at several players, with a two-way contract and pair of Exhibit 10 spots open. C.J. Williams, who’s eligible for a two-way, was at HSS Training Center and could be an option.

The Post has learned the Nets are bringing John Egbunu, 24, to camp. The 6-foot-11, 265-pounder played at Florida until a torn ACL cost him the end of his junior season and all of his senior campaign.

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