Thursday was a monumental day for Kyrie Irving.
First, Irving was among a pool of 28 players who will be on Team USA’s national team for 2014-16, the first step toward making the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic teams.
Then, he earned a starting spot for the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday evening. He finished with 860,221.
“Thank you fans for voting me as an All-star starter,” Irving tweeted. “Wouldn’t be there without you all!! #blessed”
Irving is the third Cavs player to start in an All-Star Game, joining LeBron James (2005-10) and Shawn Kemp (1998). He also will become the fifth-youngest player in NBA history to play in his second All-Star Game (James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Isiah Thomas).
He became the 16th All-Star in Cavs’ history last year.
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will be played in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
Irving said he was quite humbled by the USA Basketball announcement.
“It’s such an honor to be in such a great pool of players,” Irving said after practice on Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “You look at the list of the veterans on the team and the newcomers, it’s such great talent. I’m looking forward to going to camp and working hard with the team.”
When talk shifted to the All-Star team, he smiled, and said, “I was just happy to be on the Olympic roster. That’s the best answer I can give you right now until it’s officially out.