Cavaliers point guard sets himself lofty target.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has insisted that he wants to become “the best player in this league” just weeks ahead of the new season.
Having been named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2012 and then receiving his first All-Star game call-up last season, he has set his sights high for the new campaign.
“I want to be the best player in this league,” Irving said according to ESPN.
“In order to do that, I know we have to win a lot of games. But I’m the leader of this team, and I’m ready to take responsibility for it by helping us make the playoffs. This is the best I’ve ever felt coming into a season.”
The 21-year-old was speaking during Cleveland’s media day as they are set to open up training camp, and the franchise are hopeful of reaching the postseason for the first time since the days of LeBron James.
Having added Andrew Bynum, although the center is still recovering from injury, as well as Jarrett Jack and Anthony Bennett as the No.1 overall pick in the draft, there are promising signs for the future of this young and talented Cavaliers side.
However, there are still concerns over whether or not coach Byron Scott can keep his players healthy for a strong run in the regular season, given the problems that the likes of Irving have had in recent years.
The talented point guard missed 38 games through his first two seasons in the NBA, while there are also question marks over Bynum and fellow center Anderson Varejao.
However, optimism is still high at this point and the Cavaliers will be eager to get their pre-season underway against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 8.