HoopsHype Kyrie Irving rumors

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

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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

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Waiters' role with this team has been the most critiqued. Some believe that since there's no one on the bench capable of creating his own shot, the addition of Waiters in a reserve role would add a much-needed punch. In that role, he would be allowed the freedom to provide instant offense and play-making ability. I approached this theory to Waiters and he expounded on why it's not that simple. "I'm still going to be out there with two or three players," Waiters explained to NEOMG, referring to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "If I come off the bench in the first quarter, at least two of those guys are going to play the whole first quarter regardless. So it doesn't really matter. That's what people don't understand." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 1, 2014 Updates

It’s tough to simulate the atmosphere and energy of the playoffs, but Friday’s matchup between the Cavs and Bulls was as intense as an early November NBA game can probably be. That led to Kyrie Irving asking veteran Mike Miller if this is “similar to what a playoff game feels like?” Miller has 85 postseason games (and two championships) under his belt, so he’s definitely a good person to ask on the subject. Miller responded by saying it’s “a couple notches below it.” Larry Brown Sports

October 31, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in both points (22) and assists (seven), but pointed to his four turnovers as proof that he needs to work with coach David Blatt in executing the plays that are being called. "For us, it's just a better communication between me and Coach Blatt," Irving said. "That's basically what it boils down to. I'm his point guard out there, and some things that I see, you know, he has plays in his mind and I have plays in my mind as well. "We're just going to continue to grow. It's a process. Within practice, we kind of switch on and off [calling the plays], but for us it's about what's going on out there on the court and what he sees and what I see, and hopefully we can get on the same page pretty soon." ESPN.com

October 20, 2014 Updates

James told every player from fellow All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to the guys just hoping to make the team what was expected during the upcoming season. "I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters told Yahoo Sports. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great." Said Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that." Yahoo! Sports

That’s expected to change this season now that Love is playing for the star-laden Cleveland Cavaliers — the new Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love — and if all goes as expected, Love will be playing deep into May and possibly into June in the NBA Finals. “I’m just looking forward to learning from the guys who have been there and done that before, LeBron included, and all the way through our entire lineup,” Love said. “There’s a lot to be learned. I’m just going to try and be a sponge and absorb as much as possible. Stay grounded and have the humility that a lot of people have taught me. Continue to get better every day.” Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum

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