Under the tutelage of Mike Krzyewski, Kyrie Irving during college averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 assists with a 53.2 percent shooting. However, Irving only played 11 games after he suffered a severe ligament injury after his first eight games in Duke. Many thought it was a premature move for Kyrie to enter the NBA draft in 2011. However, Kyrie had to do it when his stocks are high and when every teams and coaches considers him a lottery pick, rather than pursuing another year in college and risk injury in return.
Moreover, the rest was history. Kyrie went on to be one of NBA’s best ball handler and shot maker. In addition, when everyone is riding the bandwagon, pursuing rings instead of greatness. Kyrie took a step back and done the opposite. Super teams are beginning to be superficial; loyalty and legacy are beginning to be a non-existence. After winning a championship, Kyrie is pursuing a very unpopular value that got lost for quite some time – substance.
Kyrie wanted out in Cleveland, and is demanding a trade, when their arch-nemesis the Golden State Warriors are stacking up superstars, the Cavaliers are slowly folding like a bunch of dominoes right in our very eyes. Kyrie wanted to have his own team; he wanted to feel the growing pains in carrying a team just as to where he started before Lebron James came back in Cleveland.
Somehow having a super team is short lived, we reminisced about Boston’s big three (Garnett, Allen and Pierce) and Lebron’s Miami team. Having two or more alphas in a team does not really work. Golden State will have to eventually deal with either Kevin Durant bolting out or Klay Thompson wanting to carve his own identity in a different team. It will happen sooner or later and Kyrie knows holding on to Cleveland on their own version of the super team is like a combustible bubble, waiting to explode anytime.
Kyrie Irving once again brought back into the same crossroad as if he was in college. While he was still on top of the game, while he is still in control with his destiny. Kyrie decides to make his own legacy.
It is not always about money and championships. They say if it is easy then you are not doing it right.
Winning a championship by joining an already star-studded team is what NBA players are doing right now. However, carrying a team all the way to winning a championship… now that’s substance.
Kyrie wanted to bring back, the seismic change on what Lebron James and Kevin Durant had done.
One team and one alpha… Irving would like to go down trying.