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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  20 responses

Kyrie Irving Wants to Be the NBA’s Best Player


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Much like it did for the other 29 teams in the NBA, optimism ruled during Media Day in Cleveland.

Andrew Bynum promised that we’d see him on the court at some point this season, Jarrett Jack talked about the Cavaliers winning a championship (and kept a straight face while he spoke), and Kyrie Irving revealed the high expectations he has for himself.

The stud point guard says his goal is to become the League’s best player, and Irving knows that can only be accomplished by winning, and winning a lot.

Per the Plain Dealer:

The best: Not to be outdone by a teammate making bold proclamations, All-Star guard Kyrie Irving revealed his own personal goal for this season: “To be the best player in this league. That’s it,” he said. Asked how he plans to accomplish that feat, Irving admitted that personal accolades can come only with the success of his team.

“A lot of wins. A lot of consistency,” he said. “A lot of selfless acts for myself in order to make this team great. Great players on great teams, in order to be the best, I have to win with my team. I’ve put a lot of hard work in this off-season with my teammates, and I feel we have the pieces to do something special this year.”

Kyrie is one of the best point guards on the planet, and clearly believes he can reach a much higher level of play. He’s tasked with helping head coach Mike Brown turn around a squad that finished 24-58 last season, and push it back into the Playoffs.

Hope and the pressure to win are very much back in Cleveland.

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  • Shumpert

    Please stay healthy. With 20 years old he has a good chance to be the best PG in the league in a couple of years. LBJ and Durant will stay at the top

  • Ross Fawcett

    He needs to learn some D first. John wall is better than him.

  • Reed

    Even tho hes not considered a two way player he’s by far better than John Wall. More efficient scorer, I want to say better floor general, now that he has more weapons.

  • lebron james

    be the best and kick lebron’s cocky ass kyrie way to go man:Dd

  • Drig

    Those are Kyrie’s strengths. Defense and transition is where Wall earns his chops.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Jarrett Jack talked about the Cavaliers winning a championship (and kept a straight face while he spoke)”

    i want video evidence

  • RKJ92

    OKKKK Kyrie.. settle down.. lol he has to be better then Durant first, and that’s a feat in itself..

  • ATL dynamite

    Said by a guy named LeBron James lol

  • LakeShow

    I mean… Sh*t…

    He’d have to put up 25ppg 10+apg 5 boards and close to 3 steals on 47% fg’s to enter into the convo with the big 3. (Bron, Durantula, CP)

    His current 23-6-3-1.5 on 45% is a far cry from where he would need to be, just statistically speaking, to enter the convo.

  • daBiz

    statistically, he’s really not that far away from 25 – 8 – 5, which would put him in the conversation for #3/”best PG in the L.” but like he said, he needs way more wins and better D. And he has to stay healthy.

  • bike

    But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
    He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes….
    Frank Sinatra

  • playa

    He’s mini Kobe, My next favourite player after Kob’s hangin’em out.

  • Guest

    He’s not getting 8 rebounds a game, just stop.

  • RKJ92

    Ya Bron, Durant, and CP3 to me are other worldly.. for Kyrie to get to that level he will need to develop is defense quite a bit. Offense alone will not bring him into this conversation unless he starts shooting over 50%, joins the 50-40-90 club, somehow averages something like 26-5-10 and like 2 steals a game; then I will put him on their level even with his defense.
    That to me is when we can start making comparisons like this.

  • manchild

    you idiot, 8 assists.

  • tbear

    Slam needs to post the quote of MJ saying he’d beat Lebron 1 on 1, but not Kobe because Kobe steals all of his moves. I love how his old bitter azz takes a shot at both players.

  • Najee Fareed

    who doesn’t want to be the best? As far as I can tell the only players to personallly take the backseat to Lebron is Wade and Durant so…..

  • Ross Fawcett

    CP3 is weak.

  • LakeShow

    Go ahead and explain.
    Oh you can’t?
    Cool, see ya.

  • Ross Fawcett

    Because he is.

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