WATCH: How Kyrie Irving Accepted the Touching Tribute Video by Cleveland Cavaliers

Published 01/20/2021, 8:30 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 15: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to the game slipping away against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 101-93 win on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The trio of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are on the court for the first time this season. While we have witnessed Harden and Durant tormenting their opponents in the last two games, tonight will determine whether Kyrie can gel with the duo and create the most fearsome lineup in the NBA.

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Furthermore, Kyrie will be making his return against his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Believe it or not, it’s just the second time he is back in Cleveland since leaving the franchise in 2017. As a Cavalier, Irving won the sole ring of his career back in 2o16.

Regardless of how he ended his stint with the Cavs, there are no doubts that Irving was sensational for the organization. As a result, the team unveiled a tribute video for their former star.

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Kyrie accepted the tribute video from the team with open arms by proudly flaunting his ring finger. Notably, the video was around his brilliant shot against the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Right after the touching tribute, Kyrie got back to business and put on a show in the first half. Although the Nets are trailing by 2 points at halftime, Irving is giving it his all. He has already racked up 17 points in two quarters and is on the way to another sensational scoring night.

How well did Kyrie Irving perform for the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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Kyrie was drafted by the franchise back in 2011 with the #1 overall pick. After the departure of LeBron James, the organization was luckily blessed by another great talent. In just the first few years of his career, Irving became a household name in the league.

In fact, Irving’s breathtaking talent was one of the reasons LBJ returned to Cleveland. Once the trio of James, Irving, and Kevin Love was formed, the Cavs completely locked down the East. They went to the NBA Finals for 3 straight years, while winning one of them.

But after the 2017 NBA Finals, Irving wanted to lead a team of his own and requested a trade. It marked the end of the Kyrie and LeBron duo as they went their separate paths.

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What are your thoughts on Irving’s time with the Cavaliers? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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