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Kyrie Irving apologizes for skipping out on Cavs fan appreciation event

Apr 16, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

Kyrie Irving, Norris Cole AP

Monday night was the Cavaliers final home game of the season and the team’s annual “fan appreciation night” event. The Cavs were taking on the Miami Heat and that guy they used to all hate but now a bunch of them want back. Not that it mattered, the Heat rested everybody of consequence including the guy in question.

And yet, the Heat still beat a Cavaliers team that has stumbled toward the finish line. And part of those stumbles are on Kyrie Irving — he’s looked every part the disinterested 21-year-old on a bad team and very little like the insanely talented leader of an up and coming squad. He scored four points against the Sixers over the weekend and committed ridiculous fouls. His defense has been poor.

But he had the ball in his hands Monday night with a chance to beat the Heat, down one with 13 seconds to go. As Irving made his move Norris Cole stripped him clean. No last shot, Heat get the win.

Irving stormed off the court… except it was fan appreciation night. The tradition calls for the players to stay on the court, give their jerseys and shoes to fans, and generally show some love back to the fans that buy the tickets that pay their salary.

Irving was nowhere to be found. The Cavs tried to cover it up saying he was getting treatment on a sore heel that had never before been mentioned, but nobody bought it.

Irving took to twitter to admit he screwed up.

I’m not going to hold this, or really the entire end of this season, against Irving. I’m going to chalk it up to a learning experience. This time. He is 21 and lord knows I did some things at 21 I regret. (And a few things I’d like to do again, but that’s another post.) You get to mistakes, you get a second chance in America (for most things, anyway).

Let’s just hope we don’t see a repeat of this in future seasons.

  1. miamatt - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I’m sure he was just frustrated and wasn’t intentionally running out on fan night. Ego can be a beast, and he was probably angry and humiliated after the way that game finished. No need to crush the young dude, at least he acknowledged his mistake within 24 hours.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I’m asking this because I honestly don’t know.

    Take Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Rambis, Scott, Cooper, and Wilkes off the 85 Lakers.

    Take Bird, Parish, McHale, Ainge, DJ, Buckner, and Maxwell off the 1984 Celtics.

    Take Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Kukoc, Kerr, Harper, and Salley off the 1997 Bulls.

    Take Shaq, Kobe, and any other 5 guys off the 2002 Lakers.

    Would any of those team’ s 8th through 15th men be able to field a team capable of beating an NBA team, on the road, 2nd night of back to back, with no real incentive to win (except pride)? I’m willing to hear you out if you think so, but I don’t think so.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Is that the sound of crickets I hear?

  3. 4thquartermagic - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    If he drains the shot, he’s out on the court after the game shaking hands and kissing babies.

    Just handled the sitch the wrong way. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again. Poor Cleveland has very little to cheer for… In any sport.

  4. thenew013 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    it would be hard to put on a smile after a loss like that. especially when your the one responsible for the last shot. losing to the heat hurts but losing to the heat when they are resting their core guys is just a nightmare. we will get to the top again and i hope it is with kyrie and waiters and thompson. btw i dont want bron back. i want to have a chance to see a heat cavs playoff series. i love the rivalry and he can keep his uppidy bravado in miami with all the rest of the DB’s

  5. louhudson23 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    What seems lost in the comments is the fact that this game and his walk off are a continuation of his performance and attitude from the last few weeks.This was not a spur of the moment bit of emotional disappointment. Hopefully he gains some maturity and professionalism in the off season. 21 is 21,so he has a pass for now. Everyone can’t play for a winner all the time.Being a millionaire and playing a game to get it must sometimes be its own reward….good luck to him…

  6. jjones314 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    “thenew013” says he doesn’t want LBJ back…Yeaaa right. STFU. Cav fans are idiots. The Cavs are one of the absolute worst teams in the Association. Possibly the world.

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