No great surprise of course that Kyrie Irving has declared for the draft.Â He's a lock for the top three, possibly the first pick.Â Given his sterling character, his endorsements are going to be off the charts.
We couldn't be happier for him.
Our only regret is that we got to see him play so very little.Â What we saw was a transcendent gift.Â He's not like anyone we've ever seen at Duke.Â His command of the game is way beyond what anyone could expect from a teenager.
We hope that everyone realizes that we were, however briefly, associated with someone who could become one of the all-time greats.Â That's not an exaggeration - we just barely saw his potential, and he could be as good as Isaiah Thomas or Tiny Archibald.Â He's going to be brilliant, likely a one-name star.
Kyrie is very much in the line of Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Jason Williams, Jon Scheyer and the rest of the long blue line, guys who are recognized for not just their basketball skills but their character as well.
His family has a lot to be proud of, as do all of us.Â We'll all miss him on the court, but we'll be hearing from him on a regular basis, not just as a basketball player, but as as someone who is becoming a remarkable man.
Being associated with a person like that, if only briefly and sparely, is a great privilege.
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