Kyrie Irving Admits He Hasn’t Been a Leader, Excited to Play With LeBron

Kyrie IrvingBy JOSH NEWMAN
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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Kyrie Irving admitted Monday he hasn’t been a leader during his time in Cleveland and hopes to learn from the team’s veterans, now led by LeBron James.

“I haven’t been a leader – not at all,” the former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick star told RealGM in Chicago.

“Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all,” Irving added. “I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid.” To read more of this story, click here

Kyrie Irving Addresses Report He Wants Out of Cleveland, Stops Short of Saying He’ll Take Extension

NEW YORK — Following yet another Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss, Kyrie Irving addressed the latest round of reports that he wants out of Cleveland — but stopped short of saying he will sign an extension this summer.

“I’m in Cleveland, I enjoy myself,” the former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick star said following his 24-point performance in the Cavs’ 117-86 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

“I enjoy going out there and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And that’s what it’s about. It’s not about me and it’s not about this controversy surrounding do I privately want to come out when my contract is up. To read more of this story, click here

Kyrie Irving Fractures Hand, Out 6-8 Weeks

Kyrie Irving, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, suffered a fractured hand Saturday and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.

“I’m a little disappointed for a freak accident like that,” Irving told the paper. “I have to be more responsible about my health. It was crazy. It happened so fast. That thing I did, hitting the padding on the wall, I’ve done it so many times. This time it was just a freak accident.” To read more of this story, click here

As St. Pat's Struggles to Stay Afloat, Basketball Alums Headline NBA Lottery

NEW YORK — St. Patrick High School is a tiny, red-brick Catholic school of about 150 students located in the rugged inner-city of Elizabeth, N.J.

Although it was supposed to close its doors for good after this school year due to financial struggles, school officials hope to keep it open by moving it to another, as yet undetermined location in the port city.

Yet if you take one look at the NBA Draft lottery in the last two years, you would have a hard time telling that St. Pat’s is in any kind of trouble.

A year ago, St. Pat’s product Kyrie Irving was the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers and went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors. To read more of this story, click here

Irving Disappointed Cavs Didn't Get No. 1 Pick

NEW YORK — A year ago, Kyrie Irving was the consensus No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

This time around, Irving was on hand at the NBA Draft Lottery only as an interested bystander. Decked out in a black suit and bow tie, the NBA Rookie of the Year was hoping his Cleveland Cavaliers would defy the odds and land a second straight No. 1 pick even though they entered in the No. 3 slot.

Instead, the Cavs will pick at No. 4, behind New Orleans, Charlotte and Washington. To read more of this story, click here

Must See TV: Kyrie Irving as 'Uncle Drew'

If you haven’t yet seen this Pepsi MAX commercial featuring NBA Rookie of the Year and St. Patrick High School alum Kyrie Irving, check it out.

Irving follows in the footsteps of Larry Johnson as “Grandmama” in a Converse sneaker ad and LeBron James as “The LeBrons” in a Nike commercial among Rookies of the Year with their own commercials.

Irving’s acting skills shouldn’t come as a shock. He starred in a version of Disney’s High School Musical while at St. Pat’s.

Drederick Irving, Kyrie’s dad and a former pro in Australia, even makes a cameo on the sidelines.

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Report: Lin, Irving, Wall, Cousins on Select Team

According to a report from Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com, Knicks guard Jeremy Lin will play for the USA Select team this summer against the U.S. Olympic team.

“If they ask me, I’d definitely love to do it,” Lin said last week

Joining Lin on the team will be Kyrie Irving, the newly minted NBA Rookie of the Year, and former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, among others.

Here’s the list per Steinmetz:

DeMarcus Cousins — Kings
Jeremy Lin — Knicks
Klay Thompson — Warriors
Kyrie Irving — Cavaliers
John Wall — Wizards
DeMar DeRozan — Toronto
Paul George — Pacers
Gordon Hayward — Jazz
Kawhi Leonard — Spurs
DeJuan Blair — Spurs
Ryan Anderson — Magic
Taj Gibson — Bulls
Derrick Favors — Jazz

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Kyrie Irving Honored as NBA Rookie of the Year

Kyrie Irving, who began his high school basketball career at tiny Montclair (N.J.) Kimberley Academy and finished up at powerhouse St. Patrick, will be named the NBA Rookie of the Year, according to reports.

Irving, who led all first-year players in scoring at 18.5 points per game, will receive the award Tuesday, the AP reported.

“I would imagine it’s something you dream about as a kid working out with all the time and effort you put in,” former St. Patrick and current Montverde (Fla.) Academy coach  Kevin Boyle told SNY.tv.  “He was blessed with some talent but what people don’t realize is he’s an example of a guy who really loves to play and really worked hard. He put a lot of time in the gym. To read more of this story, click here

Kyrie Irving Hoping for Team USA In 2016

Kyrie Irving won’t play for Australia this summer in the London Olympics and said he hopes to be a part of Team USA for 2016.

Yet Irving clarified earlier remarks about Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s future, saying he’s not certain if Coach K will lead the Americans four years from now.

“I spoke to Coach K [and] he did tell me he was coaching, but I prematurely spoke on that,” Irving, who played for Coach K at Duke last season, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “But I know he’s going to be part of USA Basketball. That’s the most important thing. That’s what made my decision easier.

“He’s going to be part of the USA staff anyway whether he’s coaching or not. That way it’s easy for me.” To read more of this story, click here

Coach: Kyrie Helping St. Pat's, Harrington & Dalembert Not So Much

NEW YORKKyrie Irving is actively working to help his alma mater, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, out financially, but Al Harrington and Sam Dalembert are not, Celtics head coach Chris Chavannes told SNY.tv.

“We have faith that Kyrie will help St. Patrick,” Chavannes said, referring to the Cavaliers rookie point guard and the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft. “They have been very pro-active.”

The same is not true of St. Patrick alums Harrington, whom St. Pat’s principal Joe Picaro used to drive to school, and Dalembert, Chavannes said.

“Since they have been in the league, a number of consistent people who donate [to St. Patrick] have stopped because they all are under the assumption that these alums are giving back in a variety of ways,” Chavannes said. To read more of this story, click here