Chris Paul wants to make sure that Kyrie Irving earns his stardom against the best players in the league.credit: http://hoopeduponline.com
After being drafted number one overall out of Duke, Kyrie Irving has not disappointed. He seems to already be on track to become one of the league’s best point guards after an impressive rookie season and a very good start to this season. This statement shouldn’t be taken lightly when you consider the strength of the point guard position; Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Ty Lawson, Steve Nash, etc.
If Kyrie Irving is going to reach that level, he has to earn it by going head-to-head with the league’s best players on both ends of the floor.
At least, that’s what Chris Paul believes.
When the Clippers recently played the Cavaliers, Cleveland head coach Byron Scott had Alonzo Gee guarding Paul. CP3 took it upon himself to make sure that Irving will have to earn his spot in the league.
Apparently at some point during Monday’s Cavs win over the Clippers, Paul jogged by Scott and told him “take him off me” and wanted Kyrie Irving to defend him instead.
“Why you got him guarding me? Let the young fella guard me,” Paul told Scott. “I said, ‘Young fella has guarded you. He said, ‘Well you threw me in the fire, made me guard all those guys.’” You have to admire Chris Paul’s competitiveness here. I’m not saying Alonzo Gee isn’t a good defender, but CP3 wants to go head-to-head with the other team’s best player every night. In this situation, that is clearly Kyrie Irving. You also have to believe that Paul wants to establish his place in the point guard hierarchy against one of the young guns.
Kyrie Irving is averaging 24 points and 6 assists so far this season.
-Mark Evans, Assistant Manager/Editor of Content
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