Kyrie Irving says Kyle Lowry deserves to start in All-Star Game
Cavs guard Kyrie Irving didn't have a problem with Kyle Lowry passing him on Thursday.
Lowry has arguably been the best guard in the East this season, averaging 20.9 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds for the second-best team in the conference. He's also appeared in all 42 games for the Raptors, while Irving has missed 27 games.
Irving is undoubtedly an elite talent, and he won MVP of the All-Star Game in 2014. He's averaging just 15.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds as he shakes the rust off, though, so some people would have been upset if he had been voted in. After the first returns came in, Washington Wizards guard John Wall called the results "a joke." It is highly unlikely that coaches will select Irving as a reserve.
"There are people more deserving than I am," Irving said, via cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.
Obviously, he is correct. He's also well aware that, at 23 years old, he will have many more opportunities to play in the NBA's biggest showcase. Unlike Kobe Bryant, there's no real point in awarding Irving a spot just because of his name.
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