Coach K insists he knew Kyrie Irving was going to star for Team USA back in college

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As you may or may not know, Cleveland Cavaliers and Team USA point guard Kyrie Irving was actually born in Melbourne, Australia.

He moved to the United States when he was two-years-old, but the talented guard - who drained the championship winning three-pointer in the NBA finals this year - had a choice when it came to which country he wanted to represent in international play.

Given the wealth of talent at the one spot for the United States, Irving could have reasonably looked at Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and a whole host of others and decided that heading Down Under would serve him best.

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But, he didn't do that. Instead, he backed himself at the advice of his then-Duke coach and now Team USA mentor, Mike Krzyzewski.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Coach K said that when Irving played for him at Duke, he told him that he believed he could one day start for Team USA

"Kyrie was born in Australia. [After he arrived at Duke] he was asked to play in Australia for an 18- or 19-and-under team, and he was asked to play for a U.S. team. Once you make a decision as to the country you play for, you can't change that five or six years later. I said, You'd be a great player for them. I [also] said, One day you could be the [U.S.] Olympic starting guard. I really believed it then.

"When he accepted [an invitation to play for the Olympic team], I called him and said, 'Do you remember [our conversation]?'

"He said, 'Of course I do.'

"I said, Isn't it crazy that this is going to happen? And I love it 'cause I've known him since he was 17. To see him develop into really as good a guard as there is in the world, that's where he's at right now. You know, if we win this thing, that will be a pretty darn good story."

At 24-years-old, Irving has cemented himself as one of the most talented guards on the planet and is leading team the U.S. basketball team alongside the likes of Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony this summer.

It's fair to say the Cavaliers man made a smart decision.

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