Will Kyrie Irving Follow LeBron James’ Career Path out of Cleveland?

July 30th, 2013 by Brendan Bowers Leave a reply »

Kyrie Irving, like LeBron James before him, entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They each joined a rebuilding organization that had won less than 20 games the year prior to their arrival.

Irving and James both went on to be named Rookie of the Year before becoming an All-Star during their second professional season. Neither player had reached his 21st birthday before appearing in the All-Star Game for the first time.

During year three, James made his first trip to the postseason. Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, the goal is the now same for Irving.

Fueled recently by rumors suggesting that Irving is unhappy in Cleveland, however—which the young point guard quickly denied—a lazy narrative speculates that based on the similarities to date, he will inevitably follow James out of town as soon as free agency affords him the opportunity.  

What this suggestion fails to recognize, though, is that the Cavaliers' current rebuild shares almost nothing in common with the effort that previously surrounded James.

By acquiring young talent through the draf ...

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