Kyrie Irving has earned a popularity as a high participant within the NBA primarily based on his electrical skillset. A skillset centered round an absurd deal with, environment friendly taking pictures, and a chic layup package deal that rivals Michael Jordans.
Incomes compliments for that talent is nothing new for the celebrity out of Duke. After the Portland Path Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets, 114-108, Blazers Coach Chauncey Billups had nothing however reward for the 29-year-old guard.
“Kyrie is simply, he’s a wizard, man,” Billups stated per ESPN. “He’s must-see TV. I personally suppose, as any person that performed the place, I feel Kyrie’s probably the most expert participant that’s ever performed that place. Simply straight talent. Nothing else. Simply straight talent.I feel he’s the perfect that I’ve ever seen on the place, skill-wise. So, clearly, he provides you a ton when he’s taking part in.”
“His shot-making is unbelievable,” Billups added. “He’s a greater passer than folks give him credit score for. He’s clearly a prepared teammate. He’s not simply all about Kyrie. He passes the ball. He’s a champion. He brings championship pedigree to the desk. I feel he hit possibly the most important shot that I ever seen in NBA Finals historical past, that I seen.”
In his second recreation again because the Nets introduced him again as a part-time participant, Irving put up 22 factors, eight rebounds, and 4 assists within the Nets’ late loss.
Uncle Drew appeared to take pleasure in listening to the reward the Billups had for him postgame whereas additionally saying he revered that it got here from a veteran who has completed as a lot because the ’04 Finals MVP has.
“I’m grateful for that,” Irving stated. “Coming from him, a championship winner, championship level guard, and it provides me extra motivation to proceed to jot down this legacy that I’ve with unbelievable teammates. And simply proceed to lift the extent of mastery and simply go away an awesome blueprint for different guys to observe. I do know I’m happening 30 years previous, I by no means thought I’d actually be on this league to say that — not be on this league, simply be at this age the place now I’m checked out as a 10-plus 12 months profession man.”
The Nets are actually 1-1 in video games Irving has performed this season. Though it’s a small pattern measurement, questions stay if the Nets and Irving will construct chemistry and rhythm collectively, with Irving solely taking part in highway video games this season.
Irving and the Nets (25-14) return to motion on Wednesday after they tackle the Bulls (26-11).