Now that there’s a mini lull in the Kyrie Irving prose, this is the perfect time for NGSC Sports to interject some thoughts about Uncle Drew and LeBron “King” James. I’m not going to provide you with the same crap ESPN and other sports media outlets are dishing out. Instead, let’s go back in time to 2012 with Kyrie through words and some unbelievably awesome videos.
In case you forgot or were hiding under that proverbial rock, Uncle Drew is Mr. Irving’s alter ego. Hey, Pepsi Max wanted something exciting to bring to their commercials, and Kyrie stole the show while playing that older uncle who can straight ball. Certainly, a sugar-free cola with ginseng and extra caffeine would be more than enough to give an old man his legs back.
Not to mention dropping “young blood’s” chins while breaking their ankles – crossing fools over with a combination of a Harlem Globetrotter, And1-esque mixtape. Can I get an “Oh, baby!”? The fancy and flashy stuff is always nice, but Mr. Drew’s only true pursuit here… Making buckets.
After watching this video, it will automatically forward you to Chapters 2, 3 and 4. The insanity gets better and better as Uncle Drew introduces fresh old faces such as Kevin Love, Nate Robinson, Maya Moore, Baron Davis, J.B. Smoove and Ray Allen.
What does this have to do with Irving’s plans to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers and start his own chapter elsewhere?
So, we’ve heard that Irving’s posse is calling out LeBron’s posse for leaking the story about Kyrie’s hopes to move from Cleveland to another city in the pursuit of doing what he does best – making buckets, of course. Okay, let’s not forget his other high-caliber skills. He’s not your typical point guard, but he’s a more than adequate floor general that happens to be a four-time NBA All-Star showing perennial accolades of many types. After playing one season with Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils, Kyrie was selected No. 1 overall by the Cavs in the 2011 NBA draft. His career stats with the Cavs are impressive – averaging 21.6 points per game, 5.6 assists per game and 3.4 rebounds per game. In this past 2016-17 season, he bolstered his point and assist production while averaging 25.2 ppg, 5.8 apg and 3.2 rpg. It’s easy to see that these numbers validate the fact that Irving can flat play ball.
In my opinion, the most memorable moment of Irving’s young career is the clutch-dagger triple from the land of plenty he drilled in the face of Golden State Warrior superstar, Steph Curry, with just under 1:00 remaining in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. And doing so on the road at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The wicked crossover, step back three-ball put the Cavs up by three points late. Inevitably, Kyrie “Uncle Drew” Irving helped the LeBron & Co. Cavaliers win their first ever NBA Championship. A feat that also broke the city of Cleveland’s curse, letting go of a 52-year-old major professional sports drought. By the way, the Cavs are still the only team to recover from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. Cleveland flipped the script, and made the new stat read 1-32. Remarkable.
Kyrie, go and be your own man. Free yourself from your so-called big brothers’ grip on you. Let’s not lie to ourselves, Irving deserves the chance. It will take a monumental trade to make his escape from Cleveland complete. Ideally, Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, will figure out a way to make a blockbuster trade happen. Otherwise, what are we left with? That’s right… A tumultuous relationship between Irving and James in the upcoming NBA season. Don’t get me wrong, LeBron is the epitome of greatness as a more than superior all-around player. But let’s not forget, he doesn’t always play well with others. He has had the tendency to show-up players and coaches alike over his illustrious career. Mr. Irving has decided that he’s done with the theatrics. Go ball out, Kyrie.