Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving has been at the center of basketball talk lately.
Not because he was the MVP of February’s All-Star game or because he returned to the court from his biceps injury earlier this week, but instead because he is reportedly unhappy in Cleveland and will not stay with the Cavaliers in the long run.
Former NBA All-Star Grant Hill, who, like Irving was a Duke Blue Devil, knows what he is going through.
“It is part of it, every great player is going to go through that,” Hill told Sean Deveney of Sporting News. “You are going to go through that criticism, you are going to go through people taking shots at you. You can look at the great ones of the modern era, they experienced it as well. For a young guy like Kyrie, this is probably the first time he has ever had this kind of heat or criticism. It is tough to keep working through it.”
Irving has gone on a twitter tirade to defend himself and deny that he is unhappy in Cleveland.
He is averaging 21.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.