HoopsHype Kyrie Irving rumors

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The East won a wild NBA All-Star game Sunday 163-155 in a game that featured even less defense than usual for an All-Star showcase where record point totals were put up. Sunday’s matchup featured six first-timers, who helped fill the void of perennial All-Stars like Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant, who have been plagued by injuries this season. Kyrie Irving and Paul George were making their first All-Star starts and helped the East break a three game losing streak. George and Irving are not endorsement stars or household names for non-NBA fans, but prolonged success in the NBA on the national stage can produce endorsement riches unmatched by any other U.S. team sport. The top of the NBA endorsement food chain is led by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Both are global superstars who made $42 million and $34 million, respectively, last year from endorsement partners. James has been one of the NBA’s top endorsers since he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. His current partners include Nike, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Samsung Electronics , Upper Deck, Audemars Piguet and Dunkin’ Donuts. Forbes.com

February 18, 2014 Updates

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar mistakenly congratulated John Wall on All-Star Game MVP. But Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the All-Star Game while John Wall won the Slam Dunk Contest Saturday. Congrats #JohnWall on your All Star MVP - it's gonna be a great year!" Sportando

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“Everyone is going to have their opinion and write different stories,” Irving said. “But for me, my focus level is just on my team and our team that we have now. That's the most important thing at this point for me. All the outside sources, I really don't pay attention to. It's more of an internal confidence thing that I'm trying to raise with the morale of my teammates. That's what it's about.” CBSSports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard was selected MVP of the NBA All-Star game Sunday night after scoring 31 points, racking up 14 assists and playing with the energy required to rally the Eastern Conference from an 18-point deficit in the second half of its 163-155 victory over the West. "It was definitely special, just being out there with all these great athletes," Irving said. "There's so many different MVPs out there on that floor, and to be named MVP amongst all those great stars is truly an honor." Oklahoman

Irving was asked what's next for the Cavaliers after the All-Star break. "Just a higher focus level,'' he said. "We went into the All-Star break with some momentum and now, coming out, its really important to get that first game and get up for that first game no matter how tired we are. "Everybody's rested. It's just really important to come out with that same focus and play as a team and hopefully continue this streak.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Irving poured in 24 of his team-high 31 points in the second half to guide the East to a 163-155 win over the West. Afterwards, James was the first to tip his hat to the Cavaliers' second-year guard. "Kyrie is special,'' said James, who had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. "It's just that simple. "He's a very special basketball player, a very smart basketball player. His ability to shoot the ball, get into the lane, make shots around the rim -- he has a total package.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 16, 2014 Updates

Q: There has been a lot of talk about Kyrie and Dion and if they can coexist? Do you think they can start together, play together and succeed? Dan Gilbert: Yeah, I do. In fact I can make a case that as they both mature, and we’ve seen that even more recently, that kind of threat at the perimeter and driving and shooting ability of both of them, it’s going to be a hell of a load for any defense to handle. I think they can and I think there’s other examples of that in NBA history. We’ll see what happens, but I think they’re both extremely talented players and they genuinely like each other. People think they don’t like each other, they genuinely like each other. That’s sort of made up. Look, they’re both 21, 22 years old. There was a little bit of feeling out of who’s going to do what, but I do believe like I said in the news conference, I think the talent on this team is so good, but they’re so young. We’ll see what happens. Akron Beacon Journal

February 15, 2014 Updates

Cleveland’s four-game winning streak has been attributed to the firing of GM Chris Grant, but players have seen a more focused and committed Kyrie Irving recently. “Earlier, he was very withdrawn,” one Cavalier player said the other day. “Lately, he’s been a lot more engaged with all of us. He’s back, from wherever he was.” Doesn’t mean he’ll stay there, but this is a big development for a team that has been one of the major disappointments of the season, especially since owner Dan Gilbert thought he was returning to the playoffs for the first time since LeBron James left for Miami. New York Daily News

The Cavs are excited that Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters are making a better effort to play together. The front office underestimated how difficult it would be for them to blend into the same backcourt because both players so dominated the ball in college. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The Cavaliers could've had Kyrie Irving and Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas in the 2011 draft class, but Grant balked on using the fourth overall pick on the center everyone else would've selected there. Several reasons factored in, but there had been a strong belief within the Cavaliers personnel department that Grant hadn't scouted Valanciunas hard enough to gain full confidence in his abilities. Cleveland's international scouts raved about the 7-footer, and most of the Cleveland's staff agreed with them, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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