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Irving, on the other hand, had just played through three trying seasons as the young star of the then-moribund Cavaliers. He had a simple wish. “I can still remember Kyrie telling me, ‘I want to come to the game and be happy, and I don’t feel that way,’ ” Blatt said last week, relating that old conversation. “It tells you the importance of feeling this way to Ky. He wants to be happy, and I think that’s working for him now.”
That fulfillment, according to Blatt, will come from Irving’s emergence as the top gun on a legitimate contender. “Ky is (now) the top dog, top of the totem pole, and he’s reveling in that,” he said. “Also incredible is the fact that he’s playing in a winning program. It’s up to him to do whatever it takes from here. This is where his potential is really going to come out, with the responsibilities of the team.”