When he infamously deserted the Cavaliers two summers ago, LeBron James took much more to Miami's glitzy South Beach than just his talents
James robbed a Cleveland franchise of hope.
Kyrie Irving has brought it back.
After a sensational first season, the NBA's ruling rookie of the year is poised to help the Cavs take another step toward respectability - and maybe beyond. And, the 20-year-old Irving, with a polished all-around game that belies his youth, could be on the verge of becoming one of the league's biggest stars.
Irving, though, has another pursuit in mind.
''I want to experience my first playoffs,'' he said. ''It would be Cleveland's first playoffs in three years if we do make it. That's the goal right now, to make the playoffs and go from there.''
Considering where the Cavs were not long ago, Irving's optimism alone is impressive.
In the season after James left and before Irving arrived as the No. 1 overall pick, Cleveland fell from the league's upper echelon down t...