Kyrie Irv­ing

Inside Sport - - PUNTER’S CHANCE -

This was the off­sea­son of big names on the move: Chris Paul, Paul Ge­orge, Jimmy But­ler. Irv­ing’s, in the con­text of the MVP, was the most in­trigu­ing of all. Heading from the Cavs to the Celtics, Kyrie (pic­tured leŽ, 11) has the chance to make his case as the main man on a con­tend­ing team.The Mel­bourne-born play­maker has an un­usual num­ber of doubters, who ar­gue he has to prove he can win with­out LeBron. His style of play – the flashy solo tricks, the sub­lime tough shot-mak­ing, his ter­ri­ble de­fence – doesn’t lend it­self to the tenets of good bas­ket­ball that in­flu­ence MVP votes. But as the last cou­ple of fi­nals series proved, Irv­ing’s tal­ent is un­de­ni­able, and he has some­thing to prove.

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