Cleveland (WOIO) - Kyrie Irving won't get much rest this weekend, but hey, he's 20. He'll recover. The Cavaliers point guard, scheduled to do everything but sing the national anthem at the All-Star festitives in Houston, beginning tonight (Friday) in the Rising Stars Challenge (along with Cavs teammates Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller), continuing Saturday with the 3-pt shootout, and wrapping up Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game.
Let's break it down. Why have him play Friday in the Rising Stars Challenge? He's already been there, done that, a year ago, when he was the event's MVP.
The shootout? Love it! It's the most competitive thing about All-Star weekend, as Kyrie goes up against Paul George, Steve Novak, Ryan Anderson, Matt Bonner and Stephen Curry. He's already received advice from two-time winner Mark Price on how to play this thing. It'll be fun to watch.
As for the All-Star game, it's great to see these guys in their uniforms...for about five minutes, and then the thrill wears off, as guys jog up and down the court, watching their friends, er, opponents, light up the scoreboard to the tune of 165-158. Or something like that. Not exactly a clinic in the fundamentals of basketball. So I may skip this.
But the bottom line is, Kyrie's the first Cavalier to be in the game since LeBron a few years ago, so I'll watch the intro's. And then I'll switch back to my DVR, and the highlights of the 3-pt shootout.
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