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Kyrie Irving: I’m happy to be in Cleveland

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, in the wake of rumors stating the contrary, claims that he is happy to be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. I’m in Cleveland. I enjoy myself. I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Irving said after the Cavs’ 117-86 loss to the New York Knicks.

On Thursday afternoon, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford reported that Irving had been privately telling people close to him that he isn’t long for Cleveland. FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico later reported that Iving’s father, Dredrick, had not-so-privately made it aware that he was unhappy with how the Cavaliers had been utilizing his son’s talents.

Irving, who was voted in as a starter to next month’s All-Star Game, is averaging 21.5 points and 6.2 assists for the 16-win Cavs. He has one more season left on his contract (paying him a little over $7 million) and then would be a restricted free agent if he does not sign an extension with the Cavs before the start of the 2014-15 season. A potential contract extension—which cannot be offered until July 1—would be for five years and be worth up to 30 percent of the Cavaliers’ cap space in the event Irving is either voted to another All-Star team or is named All-NBA.

“People are €œtrying to antagonize this team and put it on me,” added Irving. “I’m here for my teammates. I’m here for Coach Brown.”

(Image via Scott Sargent/WFNY)

  • FearTheRoo

    Honestly if Irving wants to win, he should leave. It’s obvious that this franchise will not be winning anything anytime soon.

  • Balrog

    This just shows you some people in media need to find something else better to report on then to always ridicule Cleveland sports.

  • Harv 21

    I cannot – nay, will not – do this again. But for the Tribe, almost no local sports conversation in the last year would have been about what the athletes are doing during the games.

    This is now worse than the early ’70s. This is not entertainment, not a pleasant diversion. This is something else. One of you out there must be responsible and maybe it’s finally time to go all Jonah. We start pitching fans overboard, one by one, until the sea stops raging. One of you knows what you did, so please consider stepping up rather than watch the screaming parade of innocents. The city needs little, but can’t even get that. Line up, gents. This stops right now.

  • mgbode

    I’d volunteer but I welded myself to the stern back in the 80s.

  • stryker1121

    This irks me..Irving’s 21 for true but how about being part of the solution instead of being part of rumors, real or not, that you want out? The problems come from the top down, and by that I mean Gilbert, but I’m just sick of CLE sports failures and good players eyeing the horizon for an escape hatch.

  • JNeids

    I’m about ready to take the plunge. I’ve always blamed myself for the failures of all of my teams – no team I have ever (passionately) rooted for has ever won the big one. And as I completely agree with your assessment that sports are becoming less and less entertaining – not only the results, but just the overall nature of the businesses – I find myself inching towards the end of the plank. As a soon-to-be father, I would gladly sacrifice myself to the sharks if it means my offspring could experience the end of season joy that I never have/could…even if that means I couldn’t celebrate with him/her.

  • mgbode

    congratulations. and, get plenty of sleep now.

    you’ll find that having children will reset your priorities and it’ll likely be easier to watch these teams. as high&low as Cleveland sports can make you feel, it is nothing compared to the rollercoaster ride of parenthood.

  • JNeids

    Thanks, but I wonder if the opposite might not be what happens – I can see myself watching less and less so as to avoid the added stress and not wake the kid when he/she is napping and I’m screaming at the TV.

  • Wow

    When does spring training start?

  • mgbode

    Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Goodyear, AZ, on February 11.

    12 days, my friend. 12 days 🙂

  • mgbode

    I’m sure it works differently for different people, but when my kids were really young I would have to DVR most of the games (because I didn’t have time to watch during the day) and then would watch it with them on my lap on the rocking chair at 3am so my wife could get some sleep. I learned quickly that is not the time to be yelling 🙂

  • JNeids

    I suppose that would be a good way to attempt to temper my outbursts, assuming my parental willpower would win out. Thanks for the tip!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    All of the woes will be carried over from the football and basketball seasons it’s no wonder the Indians receive so much of the venom. Lets hope they can be the one team to continue to buck what has become a horrible sports trend in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • left out

    unfortunately, spring training is a month and half long

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’ve already started my fantasy baseball scouting! 😉

  • Harv 21

    Spring training is our World Series!

  • Harv 21

    yeah, my emotional investment in sports was reduced by at least half when the kids came. Been years since I was caught pounding the carpet with my fist screaming “No! No! No!”

    And yet, I still overhear things like “I won’t ask Dad if it’s ok, he’s watching the Browns.”

  • cmm13

    “I’m happy to be in Cleveland”

    Signed,
    Every other person also stuck in Cleveland

  • mgbode

    for any who haven’t, I fully suggest taking a 2 week vacation to Arizona. absolutely beautiful this time of year. of course, the Indians moved there the spring after I left. ah well.

  • woofersus

    And not a moment too soon. Between the sports and the weather here in Ohio, that early little sip of spring tends to be sorely needed by mid-February.