I was talking with the legendary Melvin Levett when I first realized that Kyrie Irving was officiating league game action at his ProCamp in Cleveland on Saturday. The Helicopter, who I'll have more on later this week, said he was thrilled to be back in Cleveland working as a coach with Kyrie's Camp.
"This camp is great to be a part of because of how involved Kyrie is with the kids," noted Levett. "Like for example, he's down there now referring games. He doesn't have to do that, but he does, and that's great to see".
After Mel gave me the heads up, I strolled down to watch Kyrie work a few games as an official. He missed some calls, probably could've blown his whistle with more authority, but overall he did prevent total chaos from breaking out on the court. Here's a few minutes of video I took while I watched him.
After the game I asked Irving how he would categorize his officiating performance. Irving told me: "It was subpar at best. I'm going to review the tape and learn from the questionable calls though, get better from there."
While addressing the campers as Day One concluded on Saturday, Irving offered the following: "I apologize for my performance today as a ref. If I ruined your guy's game I apologize."
Earlier in the day, Kyrie Irving spoke with the media who attended his ProCamp in Cleveland. Some of that exchange is below...