Kyrie Irving conceded he has amazed even himself with the type of impact he has already made on the NBA. He is amazing the rest of the league, too.
Irving won the 3-point contest on All-Star Saturday night, scoring 23 points in the final round to fall two points shy of the event’s record. Irving surpassed his best practice round at Cleveland Clinic Courts when the best round he could muster was a 22.
Irving made 14 of his first 15 shots in the final round, which even brought LeBron James out of his chair with a fist pump and yell when Irving’s remarkable round was over.
Irving considered himself a darkhorse in the event and said last week he thought he could surprise some people. Then he went out and missed just five shots in the final round to defeat the San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and continue his remarkable run.
Irving has only played 93 games in the NBA and has surprised even himself.
“When I’m alone and I’m watching SportsCenter or NBA TV, it’s a surreal moment,” Irving said. “I do have some surreal moments at times. It’s a blessing and an honor to be recognized as one of the great players in the league.”
Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving wins 3-point contest, falls 2 points shy of record
Akron Beacon Journal | Feb 17