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December 8, 2014 Updates

The start of Christmas season in New York is debatable, of course, but the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was Wednesday. The Cavaliers visited Madison Square Garden Thursday, when James dropped 12 assists in a 90-87 win over the Knicks. "He's trying to get everybody involved," Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving told me. "He's just trying to make plays out there. How many games in a row has he had double-digit assists? And it's not like 10 (assists), it's 12, 13. He's doing it in amazing fashion. He's taking away some of mine (assists), but I personally enjoy it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 6, 2014 Updates
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David Blatt, the 1st year head coach (in name only?) of the Cavs, called a timeout late in the 4th quarter Thursday night to set up a final play for Cleveland against the Knicks. Cleveland was up one and had the ball, and as point guard Kyrie Irving dribbled around near midcourt, wondering who he might take off the dribble, Blatt called timeout. Check out Irving’s reaction. He might as well have asked “WTF are you doing?” I wonder if that’s LeBron rubbing off on Irving. LeBron, frequently this season, has been seen taking command in the huddle, with the rookie coach silent, and the players listening. The Big Lead

“As far as finishing around the rim he’s probably one of the greatest this game has ever seen,” James said, lavishing high, high praise on Irving. “I’ve never seen someone finish how he finishes underneath the rim. It’s unbelievable.” Akron Beacon Journal

December 4, 2014 Updates

Nike unveiled the Kyrie 1, its first signature shoe for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, on Wednesday night. "It's great to have the support of Nike and the guys who came before me, like Kobe [Bryant] and LeBron [James]," Irving said. "It makes the juice taste that much sweeter." ESPN.com

December 3, 2014 Updates
December 1, 2014 Updates

Melo's cohort Amar'e Stoudemire seems linked to the rise of that first name. Amare (no apostrophe, that is) went from unranked in 2004 to No. 631 in 2005, which happened to be Stoudemire's first All-Star season. He joined the Knicks midway through 2010. The name saw big bumps in popularity in 2010 and 2011. It peaked there and has since noticeably fallen in popularity. Kyrie is shooting up the charts in boys name popularity. In fact, it had the 10th-biggest popularity ranking increase from 2012 to 2013. Kyrie was not in the top 1,000 boys' names until 2012. Kyrie Irving was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and the runaway 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year. SB Nation

November 30, 2014 Updates

“Going into my fourth year, it was just a conscious effort to have a better focus level on that end,” Irving explained. “It starts with that, and no matter who we’re playing against, guys are trying to stop me and I got to try to stop other guys. It’s just the attitude I have every single night. All the teams, their object is to stop me, so in the back of my mind it’s, ‘Why can’t I be a great defender? I don’t understand.’ It’s just all about effort. My first three years, it was just making excuses of offensive burden and all this other stuff, and at the end of the day I just have to do it for the greater good of our team. ESPN.com

November 22, 2014 Updates
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Irving (27 points) started the surge, scoring 12 of his 15 fourth-quarter points in the first three minutes of the period and then imploring James to take over. "Kyrie told me to be aggressive and stop being so passive," James said after a game-high 41 points. "Early in the fourth quarter he got it going, so I kind of laid back and let him go and he said, 'Be aggressive and make some plays.' So I told him all he got to do is talk to me." ESPN.com

November 12, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers say a postgame handshake between All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were miming imaginary mustaches and didn't include them pretending to smoke a marijuana joint. Following Monday's win over New Orleans, TV cameras captured Irving and Love doing a choreographed handshake, which ended with the two players bringing their right hands to the corner of their mouths with thumbs and index fingers together. Some fans reacted on social media and blogs by saying they were imitating smoking a joint. NBA.com

November 11, 2014 Updates
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ESPN and Cleveland.com both reported Thursday that James and Irving got into it after a loss at Portland earlier this week. But both James and Irving strongly denied those reports Friday. "Those reports are untrue," James said. "We have not had a verbal exchange. But I understand that negativity sells. No one wants to hear a good story. Those reports are not true. They're very false." FoxSports.com

November 7, 2014 Updates

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