One franchise point guard hopes to begin his quest to lead a team out of the NBA doldrums Tuesday night, while another will have to wait a couple more weeks.
John Wall won't be able to go for the Washington Wizards in this season opener in Cleveland, but the Cavaliers are hoping to have Kyrie Irving available less than a week after the reigning rookie of the year had four wisdom teeth removed.
"It depends on whether the doctors clear me or not," Irving said after practicing on Sunday. "I'm feeling good right now and we'll just see going into game time."
Irving, who averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds a year ago, was Cleveland's highest-scoring point guard since Terrell Brandon averaged 19.5 points in 1996-97.
He's become the new face of a franchise that has gone 40-108 since LeBron James left for Miami. Still, Irving believes the Cavs are ready to compete despite finishing 21-45 a year ago - last in the Central Division and one game better than the Wizards.