Kyrie: All-Star weekend was about “putting Cleveland on the map”

“I went out there just being myself. On Friday, I got a chance to do well in the Rising Stars with my teammates. On Saturday, I was blessed to be in the three-point competition. […] I got going a little bit. A couple of the guys behind me were cheering for me. I knew that I had to bring at least one award back to Cleveland. That was always what it was about: putting Cleveland on the map. I was just lucky enough to get hot in that last round. Byron and I joked a little bit. He congratulated me. We now have a first place and third place winner in the facility.”

— Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, Monday, following his first All-Star game experience wherein he became the second Cavalier ever to win the three-point contest. Wine and Gold head coach Byron Scott came in third back in 1988. Scott led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1984-85. Irving added that while winning the three-point competition was nice, being in the All-Star game on Sunday was the “cherry on top.”

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  • Garry_Owen

    I checked a map this morning, and WE’RE ON IT! Just under Lake Erie, south of Canada, in the northeastern part of “Ohio.”

    Thanks, Kyrie!!!

  • TSR3000

    Where do they keep the Mark Price trophies?!

  • mgbode

    they put a dot there and everything. it’s great.

  • JK

    Gotta love Kyrie, always saying the right things.

  • LaundroMat

    “Irving added that while winning the three-point competition was nice,
    being in the All-Star game on Sunday was the “cherry on top.””

    Wouldn’t the All-Star game be the ice cream and the three-point competition, being an add-on, albeit a sweet and appreciated one, be the cherry on top?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Irving “dotted some ‘Is”!!!!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    True dat!

  • Harv 21

    Ky-reveland? I’ll take a closer look at the Public Square statue – maybe ol’ Moses was Japanese.

  • humboldt

    Someone from the organization must have talked to Kyrie about his “this weekend is about showing my face to the league” comment.

  • humboldt

    I’m pretty sure that’s how Scooby-Doo pronounces Cleveland

  • MrCleaveland

    Excellent point. You, sir, are a metaphor all-star.

  • Mike E

    Are you kidding me! This kid always puts teammates and Cleveland first when accepting compliments, but b/c he was happy about showing his face to the league he must have gotten a talking to. Maybe he’s got a chip on his shoulder b/c he is one of the best point guards in the league, an allstar, ROY, and this was his first time on national television……but you’re right, CAVS management shook some sense into him. Some people don’t deserve nice things.

  • mgbode

    OBVIOUSLY SINCE KYRIE THINKS THE 3PT CONTEST IS THE ICE CREAM, HE IS COMPLETELY ME-FIRST AND SELFISH AND NOT A TEAM PLAYER.

  • humboldt

    How dare any of us speculate in a blog comment section! For shame!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I am so glad somebody finally said this. I’ve been thinking it for so freaking long.

  • Natedawg86

    Ky-reverand sounds better. Reminds me of Christmas story Fa, Ra, Ra Ra…..

  • Mike E

    Achhhhhh, all of your speculation is negative. I’m guessin your a glass half empty kinda guy.

  • humboldt

    I think many of us are simply realists after the Lebron experience. Today’s NBA star generally shows more loyalty to building an image/brand than they do towards their adopted city – the obvious exceptions being players like Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, etc.

    Kyrie has given us no reason to believe he is an exception to the rule, which is fine – it just means many of us are a bit less inclined to get emotionally attached to the team with him as the centerpiece than I was with LBJ for all those years.

  • Jaker

    Or Team America.

    I’m… so… ronery…

  • Mike E

    I hear ya for sure. I think it’s fine not to get emotionally attached, especially after the LBJ thing. But if those getting too attached is too far right, taking everyone of his comments this negatively is too far left…IMO. Go Cavs!

  • brian

    do you think it’s any coincidence that we have our only nationally televised game just after the all star weekend!? this league is so fixed

  • mgbode

    did Stern put magnets in the balls Kyrie was shooting in the 3pt shootout? did he put some grease on the bottom of Knight’s shoes? did he tell all the other stars to just let Kyrie look great in the game?