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Good news Cavaliers fans, Kyrie Irving recovery going well

Aug 31, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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If Cleveland is going to take any steps forward this season it’s going to be about Kyrie Irving. Yes, they need Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson to step up, to be part of the Cavaliers future, but Irving is the guy.

That would be the Irving who had hand surgery this summer after he fractured his hand hitting a wall at a Summer League practice. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Florida updates us on Irving’s status (via twitter).

Ahead of schedule. Cavs heading to CLE Tuesday. Kyrie should be ready for camp Oct. 1. RT @SteelTigersCavs How is@KyrieIrving coming along?

Not really new or unexpected (he was supposed to be ready for the start of camp), but still good news for Cleveland fans. And basketball fans in general — Irving is just a joy to watch.

Cavs coach Byron Scott now has a full training camp to get his young charges in line.

  1. The Dribble Drive - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Maybe I’m just an optimist, but I really like this Cavs Young 4 with Irving, Thompson, Waiters and Zeller. I feel like Zeller is too skilled around the basket and fundamentally sound to have a bad career. He’s going to have to step up defensively and on the boards though. Thompson is intriguing, but I’m not sure how high his ceiling is. I don’t know if he’s ever going to be a guy you give the ball to on the block and expect a bucket. Still though, his defensive length and jumping ability make him a commodity on any winning team. The wild card is Waiters, who I don’t think anyone actually has an idea what type of career he’s going to have. I see SOME of the Wade comparisons: same size, are better at getting into the teeth of the D rather than being a jump shooter, good mid range game, same initials. As far as their college careers, athleticism and attitude though, Wade blows him out of the water. Still, if you remember Russell Westbrook being drafted with the 4th pick in 08, most analysts called the pick “a huge stretch” and that he was destined to be a bust. As we saw with him, you just never know.

    The main component to this Cavs team and to their future however, is Irving. Last season, playing as a teenager for most of the year, his numbers were completely off the charts (18, 5, 4… 47, 40, 87… in just 30 minutes a game). This summer he was deemed head and shoulders the best player on the US Select Team, while one player went as far to say “Kyrie Irving has definitely stood out more than anyone,” and that “I see him in a couple years being one of the best point guards that we have in this league.” The player speaking was LeBron James. There will always be comparisons between James and Irving as players, but what is really interesting is the route Cleveland took with both of them. With James they surrounded him with veteran guys, never truly pairing him with a talented guy around his age. This worked for the most part (first Finals appearance ever, #1 seed, etc.) but in a way it probably led James to eventually leave Cleveland. He wanted to play with guys, as he did in the Olympics, that were close to his level and around his age. With Irving they are trying to do the opposite, surrounding him with young guys with the hope that they might come together and mesh for the long haul.

    If Kyrie makes the jump to light-speed like everyone is foreseeing, and the Young 4 gels together, the Cavaliers could be destined for a U-turn back to relevancy.

  2. ljl2 - Aug 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Yeah, we get it. LeBron left to play in Miami which is in Florida, but Sam Amico writes for Fox Sports Ohio and not Fox Sports Florida.

    Kurt…take some time. Care for your craft.

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