Mar 12, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) reacts on the court against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at US Airways Center. The Cavaliers won 110-101. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Grant Hill knows what Kyrie Irving is going through

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.

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  • Phillip

    I’m not a Cavs for or anything, do like Kyrie Irving though, kid is a baller. I like Clevelands roster too, there’s tons of potential on this team to become a contender if they can get the right guy to put it together, maybe Mike Brown is the guy, maybe he isn’t. They’ve got plenty of talented guys in Kyrie, Waiters, Deng, Thompson, Hawes and Anthony Bennett if he starts to come along next year. Hopefully this team can start to put things together next season, get Deng and Hawes resigned, and than they’ll likely have a top 10 pick, maybe they’ll get lucky in the lottery and pick around 5th, maybe add a guy like Julius Randle, maybe even Joel Embiid depending on who’s actually picking ahead of em. Either way, hopefully we get to see this young talented Cleveland team start to put it together next season.