Found January 27, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
[Kyrie Irving] is a nice, young player. I obviously didn’t get to see a lot of him in college, but he’s a nice, young player. He’s shooting the ball really well; in our first game [against the Cavs], we went under his screens and he made us pay by hitting a few threes. He’ll turn the ball over, but point guards – young or veterans – all turn the ball over. He gets in the paint and sees the floor well. [...] His confidence has grown [since the last meeting]. You can tell that the veterans trust him and that he’s built a rapport with Byron Scott.

- Nets head coach Avery Johnson on Cavaliers’ rookie point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers and Nets will meet for the second time this season with the Wine and Gold taking the first game, hitting 16 of 26 three-point attempts.

[Related: Thorpe: Kyrie Irving’s Current PER Bests Evans, Rose’s Rookie Totals]


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