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Video: Kyrie Irving turns Kris Humphries into a statue with a sick pass

Nov 13, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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A good way to gauge a player’s star value is to watch how opposing crowds treat him. With the Cavaliers visiting Brooklyn tonight, Kyrie Irving absolutely wowed the crowd with his insane handling and off the cuff passes, winning over the fans like he was Rocky in Russia. How good was Irving in a night he set a career-high for points with 34? Nearly every time he started his approach to the rim, the crowd buzzed in anticipation, waiting to see his next trick. Although the Cavaliers lost because they were essentially playing 2-on-5, Irving was still the main attraction of the evening.

While Irving was still in college at Duke, I heard current Blazers GM Neil Olshey say that Kyrie Irving was the next Chris Paul. I scoffed at the notion at the time. After all, you can make the argument, and I have, that Chris Paul is on a path to be the greatest point guard ever. But when you see Irving pull off moves from out of nowhere like this one, the comparison starts to make some sense. Here’s video of Irving gluing Kris Humphries to the floor with one of the best recoveries and passes you’ll see all year:

  1. lakerluver - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    He is nice. Wouldn’t he look great in PURPLE & GOLD, throwing alley oops to D12?!! It could happen in a couple years.

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      No it couldn’t. Lakers will be 100 million over the salary cap and sign & trades aren’t so simple now.

  2. camnellum12 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I can easily see Kyrie being the next CP3, and I heard Chris Paul was teaching him at the Team USA practices. And I can actually see Chris Paul being the greatest PG ever. Laker fans and fans of 80’s basketball will cry blasphemy, but Paul has NO flaws in his game, and if you’d considered it a flaw, it would be for being a short, stocky player (it effects his perimeter defense against longer players). I have CP3 as the 7th greatest PG ever, but he has to have “that moment” to get in the Top 5. If he leads the Clippers to the promise land and/or get an MVP soon, I’d put him up there with the likes of Thomas, Stockton, and Payton.

    • letangusespertplus - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      CP3 already had “that moment” here is an example:

  3. itsonlyaspeedbump - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Irving is Cleveland fans LBJ consolation prize, the player they deserve. Too bad Dan Gilbert is such a piece of crap because HE certainly doesnt deserve that guy.

    • tomtravis76 - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      He is not going to stay in Cleveland for his entire career. He might sign an extension to get max money ,but no more than 7 years in Ohio.

  4. zerole00 - Nov 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Anyone else find Humpries wailing his arms around in confusion hilarious as well? Check it out at 0:20

  5. cambodianbreastmilk - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Ridiculous.

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