Kyrie Irving becomes just the fourth player to win a ring and gold medal in one year

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Kyrie Irving has had an incredible summer, so incredible, in fact, that he is only the third person to successfully complete the achievement in NBA history. 

Having returned from injury in December following a kneecap issue that kept him out of the 2015 NBA finals, he helped the Cleveland Cavaliers to the best comeback in league history over the Golden State Warriors. 

He played a huge role in helping to nullify the threat of Stephen Curry as Cleveland fought back from 3-1 down for the first time in a seven-game finals series. His dagger three in the final minute of game seven at the Oracle Arena will go down in memory alongside LeBron James' monster blocks. 

Following that success, the two-time All-Star went to Rio as Team USA's leading point guard and put in a number of strong displays as they went 5-0 in the group stage before winning another gold medal. 

That success puts Irving alongside Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Scottie Pippen as the only players to win both in the same year - not bad company to be around. 


At 24, following a serious injury in the 2015 playoffs, Irving is finding his best form but is still some way off what you'd consider his prime. 

More time alongside James will help him advance even further, but he can really begin to establish himself as one of the most dominant point guards in a league run by players at the one spot. 

Greatness is only just beginning for the Australian-born superstar.

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