Although LeBron James has rightfully taken plenty of plaudits for his role in securing the Cleveland Cavaliers' first ever NBA Championship, it wouldn't be fair not to acknowledge Kyrie Irving's role in that inaugural victory.
His 41-point outburst in game five played a pivotal role in extending the series when the Cavaliers looked dead and buried at 3-1, and he also hit the dagger three-pointer to secure the championship in game seven.
Now, he is reportedly going to take his talents to Brazil this summer and suit up for Team USA in the Olympics, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Irving, who was the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, appears intent on grabbing more success and will allegedly complete the 12-man roster.
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The report states: "Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has accepted an invitation to play for Team USA in this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.
"Sources told ESPN that Irving, after deliberating all week following the Cavaliers' championship run, has informed USA Basketball that he will be on the plane for Rio, completing the team's roster."
The final 12 will be revealed Monday afternoon in New York City and it's speculated that Irving, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will comprise the backcourt; Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes will operate as the forwards while DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan will man the center.
There might be no LeBron, no Stephen Curry and no Russell Westbrook, but that team is still formidable and surely the favourites to capture gold for the third Olympics running.