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.