We’re almost two weeks into NBA’s annual free agent frenzy. Well except for last year. For as much flack as the NBA gets for all of the superstar whining, and the big city fraternizing, it really is exciting as hell. It’s amazing how much the landscape ebbs and flows, and how thirsty NBA fans are when it comes to the offseason transaction game. Even though the Cavs have been relatively quiet there’s a lot going on with our young superstar, the Cavs, and around the League. Here’s some of my thoughts from the Association since the first of the month:
On Kyrie... Of course I can’t even discuss the NBA, the Cavs, or anything else sports related without starting with our 20-year old phenom. The last time I checked in there were whispers about Kyrie putting on a bit of a show in Las Vegas while scrimmaging against Team USA. Well, in the digital age a whisper can go viral pretty quick, as in the very next day. If you’re on Twitter and follow any NBA personality at all you’ve seen and heard about Kyrie putting Kobe, Durant, Westbrook, and James Harden on the wrong end of an “And 1” highlight reel. You’ve heard Chris Paul, Kobe, Lebron, Coach K, and even the director of USA basketball itself Jerry Colangelo gushing about Kyrie Irving and the impression he’s made at the Team USA camp. Combine this recent hype with his performance at All Star weekend, the runaway ROY campaign, and the success of his Uncle Drew Pepsi Max endorsement it’s easy to draw the following conclusion: he’s ready for primetime.
Now, a lot of things are going to have to fall in line for the Cavs as a team to become a compelling story nationwide next year so I’m not asking for the NBA to go a 2008 Cleveland Browns kind of over the top here. However, I do think it’s realistic for us to play some games on ESPN, maybe a few on TNT, and definitely some on NBA TV. It’s time for the NBA to showcase this kid. It’s a star’s League, and as some of it’s current stars are busy smearing mud all over their faces, it’s probably time to inject some “young blood.” I’ll go as far as to say if Kyrie has to play this year in relative obscurity again I’ll just assume the NBA wants him to leave. It’s a ridiculous stance I know, but someone would really have to sell me on the reason why he’s not getting any publicity. He’s exciting on the court and engaging off of it. One thing’s clear from his comments. He wants the spotlight. Even more of a reason to be bullish on this kid’s future.