Things are looking up for the Cleveland Cavaliers after Kyrie Irving re-upped for another five years and LeBron James came home this summer. That means the Cavs now have two full-fledged superstars leading their young roster, and the team’s future seems very promising.
But before the Cleveland fans start placing crazy wagers or getting premature tattoos to celebrate the team ending the City’s Championship drought, let’s all take a deep breath and remember that there will be a lot of growing pains – especially for Kyrie Irving.
Just as Dwayne Wade had to back when the “Big Three” assembled in Miami back in 2010, Irving will have to take a step back and let King James take the reins in order to get anywhere near a championship.
Batman and Robin
Essentially, he will be the “Robin” of the team primarily there to lend a helping hand should Batman (aka LeBron) need a hand.
Although, it will be extremely tough since the point guard has typically had the basketball in his hands through-out his entire career. Whether it was in high school, college or in the pros; he’s always had control of the ball. Even when he passes it, it typically gravitates back to him and he’s always had the freedom to do as he damn well pleased on offense.
However that’s all going to change now. Irving will no longer be the one dictating the majority of the plays. He will no longer be the go-to-guy who always gets the ball all the time. And he will no longer have the neon green light he once had to express himself and get fancy on offense. That honour now belongs to James.
But at least he knows it.
Changing his game
“You do think about [the changes] because you're going to be playing with the greatest player in the game," he said, via ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. "I've talked to several teammates about how we're going to have to change our games…we have a lot of work to do,"
However, with the 22-year-old likely to feature in the Team USA squad for the FIBA World Cup, he already has the perfect set-up to learn and adapt. That’s because he will be lined-up alongside players like Kevin Durant and James Harden who are better players, so they will be the first options on offense.
Moreover, once he and James actually start playing together, the transition shouldn’t be that difficult. After all, he is widely recognized as the most unselfish in the game. He doesn’t monopolise possession, or try to do everything himself, even though he has all the tools to so…and do A LOT of damage – a point proven by the 6.9 assists for his career.