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Kyrie Irving wants no comparison to LeBron

Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:09 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 1:20 pm
Kyrie Irving says to not compare him to LeBron. 

Posted by Matt Moore

I'll give Kyrie Irving this, he's certainly selling himself as the No.1 overall pick. He's selling himself so hard, he's already telling his future fans in Cleveland, should he be drafted first overall, what not to compare him to. From the Bergen Record:
“I don’t think you can make comparisons to me and LeBron,” said Irving, who attended the lottery. “One, I’m not 6-8. Two, I’m not a high flyer and three, my name isn’t LeBron James. Honestly, you can’t make those comparisons yet. I think I would bring a different feel to the Cleveland organization if they do decide to take me.”
via Cavaliers win top pick in NBA Draft lottery.

These are all true statements. Irving is not 6-8, and he's not a high flyer (though his athleticism is pretty impressive). I also like the use of "yet" in that sentence. That's cute.

But if Irving wants the money and glory that comes with being a first round pick, he's going to have to deal with the expectations. This year that team happens to be Cleveland, and with that comes the responsibility of helping the franchise move past the loss of the best player in franchise history. Them's the breaks.

The good news is that with the Cavs in the No.4 spot as well, there's a good chance Irving will have some help. Which is another way he's not like LeBron.

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:07 pm

Kyrie Irving wants no comparison to LeBron

I hope he means.He will stay in cleveland until they win.Not quit and move to another team--like the kid from Akron.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:52 pm

Kyrie Irving wants no comparison to LeBron

I don't understand the tone of this article.  Where in his statements does it imply that he won't be able to handle the expectations that go along with being the number 1 pick? He's just saying not to compare him to Lebron James. They're not the same kind of player. 

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