He does not call himself “KING KYRIE” or even the “Chosen One” but Cleveland Cavaliers fans refer to the team’s number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft as the future. The “Associated Press” reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers introduced the first selection in Thursday night’s Draft Kyrie Irving to the media on Friday. There were no claims of lighting up Cleveland like Vegas; or boasts of how many NBA Titles the Cavaliers would win from the former Duke point guard. Instead the media met a well composed young man who is confident in his own abilities.
Irving told reporters “I hold myself at such a high standard that the expectations people put on me, I try to exceed those. And more importantly, I try to exceed mine. Right now, I’m really just focused on this opportunity and being part of the Cleveland organization and just contributing as much as I can. This season coming up, I’m really focused on being one of the leaders on the team along with others. This is a young team and I’m really happy to be a part of it.”
Cleveland head coach Byron Scott was asked by reporters who would be the starter at the point for the club; the rookie Irving or Cavaliers veteran point guard Baron Davis. Scott responded ” We’ll let them fight it out. There are no expectations on Kyrie as a starter or anything like that. We expect Kyrie to come in, work hard and get better each and every day, learn from some of the veterans we have. There is opportunity because of the way I coach, he’ll probably be playing with Baron as well. When you have those two guys in the back-court who both handle the ball and make great decisions and make other people better, it makes us a better basketball team.”
The team also introduced their other first round selection Tristan Thompson, the forward from Texas that the Cavaliers picked with the fourth selection in the Draft. Although Cleveland surprised most NBA observers with taking Thompson with such a high draft choice Cleveland General Manager Chris Grant told the media “We actually had him ranked much higher than fourth.”