For the fourth time in their franchise’s history, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the No. 1 pick in the draft. It’s worked out pretty well the last three times. In 1971, the Cavs drafted Austin Carr, who is so beloved by Cleveland fans that he’s known as “Mr. Cavalier.” In 1986, they picked Brad Daugherty, who led the team through their prosperous run in the late 80s and retired as the franchise’s leading scorer. In 2003, they picked LeBron James, which is pretty self-explanatory. Needless to say, Cavs fans are very excited because they’ve had some success picking first.
However, possible No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving doesn’t want people to get ahead of themselves. After all, there are some very big differences between him and Cleveland’s last No. 1 overall pick. From the AP:
“I don’t think you can make comparisons to me and LeBron,” said Irving, who attended the lottery. “One, I’m not 6-8. Two, I’m not a high flyer and three, my name isn’t LeBron James. Honestly, you can’t make those comparisons yet. I think I would bring a different feel to the Cleveland organization if they do decide to take me.”
I did some research and I’d like everyone to know he is right on all counts. First off, he is not 6-foot-8. Furthermore, he can jump high, but he is not a dunks machine, just flying all over the court. And last but not least, his name is Kyrie Irving, which precludes it from also being LeBron James. Say what you will about Irving’s professional prospects, but at least he is aware of who he is and is not. Someone once told me that knowing is half the battle, so he’s halfway done with the battle.
This is probably for the best. Can you imagine how awkward it would be if Cleveland drafted another 6-foot-8 high flyer named LeBron James who wasn’t that LeBron James? It’d be like that time both Marcus Williamses were in the same draft and we had to distinguish them by their facial hair, only 10 times worse.