LeBron James has insisted that former team the Cleveland Cavaliers are in safe hands putting their hopes on Kyrie Irving's shoulders, after the young point guard confirmed his arrival at the NBA's top table in last night's All-Star game.
Irving stole the show among a galaxy of stars to lead the Eastern Conference to victory in New Orleans, claiming the MVP crown after producing a display which included 31 points and 14 assists.
For once James took a backseat to a young pretender and chose to wax lyrical about Irving's potential in the aftermath to another All-Star weekend, knocking back questions regarding a future return to Cleveland by turning attention back to the 21-year-old.
James is quoted by the Cavs' official website as stating: "I don't think they needed Kyrie Irving to win this to have a good vibe [Cleveland].
"I think they know they have someone special. He's very special. And I just think that it probably adds a cherry on top for him to receive this award.
"Being as young as he is, his second All-Star appearance, and to be able to come out with the MVP just validates and solidifies why he's in this game and why he's one of the best point guards that we have in our league today.''
Irving had some fierce rivals for the MVP crown across the court last night, with Western Conference standouts Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin both bagging 38 points apiece.
The starlet emerged as the star performer though and managed to replicate a feat last achieved by LeBron himself, the first 21-year-old to claim All-Star king since James back in 2006.