Kyrie Irving was simply on fire as he won his first ever three-point shoot out tonight during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The former No. 1 pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the nod for the Eastern All Stars and took on Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs in the finals. Irving got hot and stayed hot as he drained three after three for 23 points. It’s clear Irving wanted to set a tone for himself, and his city tonight and I’m more than happy for this kid.
I’m honestly a little surprised as I didn’t know he was as nasty a shooter as he appeared to be tonight, but I’m excited for the guy. Being in Cleveland these days isn’t the easiest for Irving, but he’s clearly one of the best point guards in the NBA.
“This weekend was just basically about earning everybody’s respect and getting a chance for people to see me who don’t usually see me,” Irving said. “We’re not nationally televised. This weekend is to show my face to the fans and get everybody in the league acclimated to my face.”
Winning the three-point contest wasn’t the only thing Irving accomplished during NBA All-Star Weekend and it probably won’t be the last. First, he wowed during the Rookie-Sophomore game, showing that his sensational rookie campaign (he won the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2012) was just the beginning of his career, which includes trying to revive the Cavaliers’ franchise after LeBron James‘ departure in 2010.
On Sunday, Irving will participate in the actual All-Star game as well, so he’s definitely not just some kid who got a last-minute invitation to the party. Contrary to popular belief, Cavaliers fans actually have something to be excited about in the years to come.