HoopsHype Kyrie Irving rumors

December 20, 2014 Updates

Hanging on the windows at Quicken Loans Arena were posters of Kyrie Irving's new logo, which is on the tongue of his signature Nike shoe. It was similar inside the arena. Posters were handed out and there were stations all around for Cavs fans to pre-order Irving's colorful sneakers before they can be purchased on Dec. 23. It was a special promotion, a celebration for Irving, the Cavs two-time All-Star, who has been through a lot in his four seasons. That's why even after misfiring on 12 of his 18 shots, continuing his slump, Irving had a good night. "It's truly a dream come true," Irving said after the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 18, 2014 Updates

Irving is frustrated that his shot isn’t falling, but he admitted to losing track of Mack a couple of times on Wednesday. (It was more than a couple). Irving’s defense is improved over past seasons, but now comes the next important step when he has to learn how to do it every single night. That goes for all the players, not just Irving. Akron Beacon Journal

December 12, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was helped off the court Thursday after injuring his left knee during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving returned for warmups before the second half and opened the third quarter with a floater layup, appearing to be fine. Irving leaped to contest a jump shot from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook but landed awkwardly on the side of his left foot. He crumpled to the court grabbing his knee immediately. USA Today Sports

December 9, 2014 Updates

When asked what message the T-shirt sent out to the country, James responded: “I don’t know. It’s not for us to figure out. It’s just for us to understand what we’re going through as a society. I’ve been forwarded over and over about what’s been going on. This is more of a notion to the family more than anything. As a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything because they’re the ones who should be getting the energy and effort.” For The Win

December 8, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are wearing black “I CAN’T BREATHE” t-shirts prior to tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in support of Eric Garner. Garner died in a Staten Island neighborhood as the result of a chokehold from a New York policeman last summer. Protests have broken out across New York the last few days after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer on murder charges. Garner's final words, uttered over and over and caught on video, were "I can't breathe." Akron Beacon Journal

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
December 5, 2014 Updates

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

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