Folks in Cleveland might know that Kyrie Irving is a really good player. That’s not exactly earth-shattering.
But what might be eyebrow-raising is exactly how good Irving is, and can be.
It’s becoming evident from practices between a select group of USA players and the Olympic team that Irving is pushing the envelope of actually being an Olympian now.
A story by Jan Hubbard on SheridanHoops.com has folks gushing about Irving.
Among them is Jerry Colangelo, the man who put together the Olympic team: “Kyrie Irving is a player that literally you could move from one court to the other court.”
Nate McMillan, an assistant coach, even pointed out that Irving doesn’t work with the select team after practice, he goes right to work with the Olympians.
“He feels that he can play with these guys,” McMillan said. “It’s just not his time right now but he wants to be a part of it.”
The rest of the story is well worth reading.
And it’s meaningful. Talented players learn and grow from being around other great players. This week’s experience can only help Irving.
As for proof, here’s the video (which also includes some Blake Griffin specials):