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Kyrie Irving’s world looks pretty good right now

Jul 29, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Kyrie Irving was doing what he does at Day 1 of the Team USA training camp Monday: bring the ball up the court, call for the high pick and then tear apart the defense no matter what it attempts to do to slow you down. Leave a little sliver of daylight and he blows by the big and is at the rim. Switch and he backs out to isolate the mismatch. Don’t stick with the roll man and he finds him with a clean pass (this worked a couple times with DeMarcus Cousins Monday in the final scrimmage). Go under the pick and pull back and he just buries the three over the top of you.

Pretty much everything he does works out well.

That’s pretty much how Irving’s entire summer has gone — it’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now.

He signed an almost max contract extension (it’s still a lot of cash). LeBron James decides to return to Cavaliers and Kevin Love may join the two of them. Now Irving is in Las Vegas where it looks as if he will be a key part of Team USA’s plans heading into the World Cup in Spain starting in late August.

It’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now.

Of course, that LeBron thing pretty much tops it all.

“At first you were speechless because you couldn’t believe it,” Irving said of finding out LeBron was indeed coming to Cleveland. “I’ve been watching LeBron for a while now and it’s nice to be going to run along side of him and be his point guard.”

The two are planning.

“I talk to him every once in a while, I talked to him just a week ago about different pieces on the team and the things we want to do and the kings we want to accomplish,” Irving said. “It’s exciting, it’s an exciting time.”

What about Kevin Love?

“We all know, on and off the floor, how great of a player Kevin is,” Irving said. “He’s just a great player to be around, he knows the game. You watch him on film and he does a ton of things well and obviously he would add a lot versatility out there at the four and five spot for our team. But like I said if it happens great, if it doesn’t we’ll go with the pieces we have.”

A number of fans looked at Cleveland, looked at NBA rookie coach David Blatt (a name they don’t know) and wonder why LeBron would choose to go there in the prime of his career. But Irving was in Las Vegas for Summer League and has talked to Blatt about the offense — and he’s excited.

“I’m very optimistic about the things that he does,” Irving said. “The Summer League was just the icing on the cake for me, just seeing the way he ran the offense and the way he coached. He’s not too hands on. He obviously is the dictator of our offense and what needs to be done, but he obviously lets players play. That’s what you want as a player….

“(There’s) a lot of movement, and he also gives the players that deserve it the iso-motion and a lot of screen and rolls, his offense is tailored to the players he has.”

And he has elite players.

It’s a lot to take in, but right now Irving is just trying to soak up and enjoy the experience with Team USA.

“It’s not every day you have Kevin Durant running your wing or Paul George as your two or DeMarcus Cousins posting up or players like that running along side you,” Irving said. “You have to cherish this opportunity.”

It’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now.

  1. balsagna - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    From having Mike Brown as the coach and reports of Kyrie unwilling to sign his extension, to Kyrie signing his extension in 30 minutes to Lebron coming home. What a great time to be a Cavs fan.

  2. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    A 1.7% chance of getting the first pick and ending up with Andrew Wiggins should also be mentioned. And that pick could end up being Kevin Love.

  3. spyder9669 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Same old Cavs. And their fans who hate Lebron then love him. Please. Can the guy ever do anything by himself? Cleveland already knows the answer to that question. #notatruechampion

    • tuberippin - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      Your troll-fu is weak.

  4. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Hey it’s the NBA. 2 stars can mean great success. 3 stars can mean championships.

    • tuberippin - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      and four means you either dominate the Finals (Duncan-Parker-Ginobili-Leonard, 2014) or get dominated in the Finals (O’Neal-Malone-Bryant-Payton, 2004). Not sure which.

      • 6thsense10 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:32 AM

        Malone and Peyton were NOT stars on that Laker team. They were role players with Peyton struggling mightily in the triangle offense and Malone injured a good deal.

        As much as I love Manu I’ve never considered him a star that could carry a team. Throughout his career he has been only a two time all star and two time 3rd team all NBA. Leonard is more than likely a future star but to anoint him one now is premature. Going into the playoffs and throughout most of the playoffs hardly anyone called him a star.

      • tuberippin - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:34 AM

        Malone and Payton were signed with the expectations of being good players in 2004.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM

        @ tuberippin

        I’m known not to be a Lakers fan but Karl Malone was 40 yrs old when he joined the Lakers.

        Think about that. How many 40 yr old’s ever make it to still playing in the league at that age? A very small percentage of players make it to that age.

        Gary Payton was 35 yrs old the year he went to the Lakers.

        No, neither man was a scrub but their better days were both a long way in their rear view mirrors when they joined the Lakers.

      • spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

        “Throughout his career he has been only a two time all star and two time 3rd team all NBA.”

        Players with much less cred than that are called “stars”, and he did ALL of that coming off the bench.

      • 6thsense10 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM


        I don’t care if Peyton and Malone were signed with the expectations of being stars on the Lakers. The REALITY is they were not stars on that team.

      • tuberippin - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM


        It doesn’t matter what the reality was. Going into the 2004 season, the Lakers were hailed as favorites to win the title partially because they brought in Malone and Payton. That’s a fact. That it didn’t pan out the way it was intended to occur doesn’t change the outset.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Hey spyder last i checked lebron carried the heat the last 2 years while wade was sitting there collecting disabillity checks. And bosh is a scrub plain n simple. Heat fans should be blaming Wade for the failures of the past seasons. Instead they stick behind wade and his creaky knees afraid of the reality that its over in mia. Btw lets not act like no one in mia burned jerseys of defaced murals.

    • tomtravis76 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Failures of the past seasons? Four consecutive finals appearances, Four eastern conference titles, Two championship titles. There isn’t a fan base that wouldn’t want that run over 4 seasons. LeBron James carries just about every team he is on,minus say Team USA.

      It’s really not a big deal, the man made a decision to take a new job.

  6. clevelandschronic2 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Oh and for the 99999999th time now not every fan hated lebron while he was gone. What every fan did hate was the Decision special. Some of u losers just cant get this through that teeny tiny thing you call a brain.

    • money2long - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:53 AM

      Uh huh. Sure. Cuz those fans you speak of were still happy for his success

  7. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Just wondering how many guys will be lining up to play with Luel Deng lol.

  8. antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Kyrie is fun to watch. Kind of like a Steph Curry East, but different. Do people realize that if Cleveland lands Kevin Love that the Cavs would have 3 of the last 4 three-point contest champs?

    • money2long - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      I feel sorry for Cleveland that ur bandwagoning azz is in their hands now.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:56 AM

        They’re just bandwagoning Bron. I’ve been here the whole time.

        But I’ve welcomed them all back. No hard feelings.

      • money2long - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:57 AM

        Just hard shaft in your hands. Wonder who it belongs to.

      • spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        “They’re just bandwagoning Bron.”

        Newsflash: If you follow him from team to team, so are you.

  9. harshedmellow - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    Cleveland up, Lakers down. Bizarro world. I love it.

    • money2long - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:56 AM

      You love bizzaro world ? Because in that world you actually have the brain capacity to write a sentence?
      Must be nice.

  10. jbabbitz - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Kyrie, Lebron is a superior point guard- his teams make sure he has the ball…no matter who is the coach–you will be an off guard. Get a handle on what it is all about.

  11. thenew013 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Kyrie will have a season to remember. He is either going to be dropping an overdose of dimes or points, or maybe a healthy dose of each.

  12. fnc111 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Except for the fact he lives in Cleveland.

  13. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    “Except for the fact he lives in Cleveland.” What a brilliant post. A literary masterpiece. We need a section where posts like this can be honored. Brilliance like this should not go unrewarded.

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