TAG: Kyrie Irving

FIBA World Cup, GIFs, Latest News / Aug 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Video: Irving Fools Dragic With Sick Cross In Team USA’s Win over Slovenia

Kyrie Irving

Anthony Davis was Team USA’s best player in its 101-71 win over Slovenia today, but it was Kyrie Irving who provided the exhibition’s top highlight. Read More »

NBA / Aug 25, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Kyrie Irving Is Ready For Pressure Of Leading LeBron, Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving USA Basketball

After USA Basketball practice on Thursday, Kyrie Irving went up to assistant coach Archie Griffin and asked to feed him the ball while he got up some shots . Kyrie was the only player on the floor still shooting. Determined to get better, at around 50 shots in, Kyrie went on a bad streak of finding the iron on the rim. The anger on his face was evident, as he screamed “What is going on?!” By the look on his face and his drive to make shot after shot, you can tell how good he really wants to be. He calmly settled down and made the next five shots. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 25, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Report: Irving Will Start Final Tuneup; Could Rotate With Rose For World Cup

Kyrie Irving

And Kyrie Irving’s charmed offseason continues. After inking a max-level extension that cemented his status as a franchise cornerstone and watching as the previously woebegone Cleveland Cavaliers completed a wholesale roster overhaul highlighted by the addition of two of basketball’s best players, Irving has emerged as the likely starter at point guard for Team USA. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, GIFs / Aug 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

GIF: Kyrie Irving’s Pretty Crossover In Team USA Win

Kyrie Irving, Juan Coronado

USA Basketball faced off against the Dominican Republic last night at Madison Square Garden. The big news was the late scratch of Derrick Rose, amid rumbles about sore knees — the same knees Rose had major surgeries performed on. But Kyrie Irving, the ostensible USA sixth man, started in his place and showed off why the Cavs signed him to a max deal to star alongside LeBron in Cleveland. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Aug 20, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Video: This Awesome Sequence Is USA Basketball In A Nutshell

James Harden

The names change for USA Basketball under Mike Krzyzewski, but the style certainly doesn’t. Athleticism, aggression, and overall speed rule the day for all of Coach K’s American teams, as perfectly evidenced by this awesome two-way sequence from Team USA in their exhibition against the Dominican Republic on Saturday night. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News / Aug 19, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Report: Irving, Faried Part Of Team USA’s “Core”; Cuts Could Come Thursday

Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose

The “core” group of USA Basketball’s FIBA World Cup squad has finally emerged. According to ESPN, Kyrie Irving and Kenneth Faried have joined long-time sure-things Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, and James Harden as roster locks for coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team. The remaining six spots of Team USA remain up for grabs in advance of final cuts that will likely come after the Americans’ exhibition against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. Read More »

Smack / Aug 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Kyrie Irving: “I Haven’t Been A Leader, Not At All”

Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving

With the return of LeBron James and the imminent arrival of Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers have championship expectations for next season. In order to reach those heights, they’ll be counting on Kyrie Irving to perform at a high level as well. Irving is a great player, but he was also part of a very contentious locker room environment in Cleveland last season. After signing a max level extension with the Cavs this summer, Irving admits there’s a more compatible roster now for him to improve as a leader. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Team USA Roster, Rotation Might Be Taking Shape (UPDATE)

Team USA

The withdrawals of presumptive Team USA locks Kevin Love and Blake Griffin from the 2014 FIBA World Cup were one thing. Coach Mike Krzyzewski has always preferred to utilize a nominal, athletic power forward in the Carmelo Anthony mold as opposed to more traditional big men alongside a true center, which is why the absences of Paul George and Kevin Durant loom so large. USA Basketball’s best available options to play that crucial role are gone, and the country’s most logical if less optimal replacements – Love and Griffin – never came. Read More »

Video / Aug 14, 2014 / 11:45 am

Watch An Epic Compilation Of The Sickest Crossovers From Last Season

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas (photo. NBA YouTube)

The basketball public measures the quality of a crossover mostly by the reaction of the defender. If he reaches and misses – good. If he loses balance – better. If he falls entirely – best. But that’s not always the best way to judge the merit of juke dribble. Context always matters in basketball, and the defender’s quality, size, and position is overlooked far too often in assessing crossovers. If Ty Lawson shakes Al Jefferson to the floor in an isolation at the top of the key, that doesn’t mean Lawson’s cross is any better than a similar one done by Stephen Curry that barely fools Ricky Rubio. But it sure does seem that way, and rightfully so; not even a poster dunk asserts a player’s dominance over an opponent like an ankle-breaking crossover. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 13, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Video: Coach K Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Mike Krzyzewski

Viral videos and memes are always annoying, but at least the #ALCSIceBucketChallenge is for a worthy cause. The seemingly idiotic videos dominating your social media feed in recent weeks of people dumping ice water on their heads are actually anything but, as evidenced by the surge in donations to the ALS Association. Even better than normal harmless, stupid fun to fight a debilitating disease? When people like Duke University and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski get in on the act. Read More »