Apr 23, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles the ball up the court during the first half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-101. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
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Easily the most promising player on the USA Select Team, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving's endless string of highlight reel plays might have to be put on hold for a little bit, as SLAM Magazine's Tzvi Twersky reported on Saturday that the talented guard was seen wearing a cast on his hand.
Breaking: Kyrie Irving's hand is in a cast. He most likely broke a bone during practice, according to sources.— Tzvi Twersky (@TTwersky) July 15, 2012
While no details have trickled out, this is clearly disconcerting news for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans. It's entirely possible that the cast was a precautionary measure for an injury not quite as serious as a broken hand, but it's hard not to fear the absolute worst right now as a Cleveland sports fan.
Irving recently made a public challenge to Team USA member Kobe Bryant for a 1-on-1 game with the proceeds going to charity, and truly appeared to be both gelling and flourishing alongside teammates this summer. Hopefully for everyone's sake the talented point guard is able to get back on the court as soon as possible.
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The Cavs' franchise player has earned rave reviews from their former franchise player, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.
Asked who is standing out on the Select Team, LeBron James said, "Kyrie Irving is, definitely. For me, he stood out more than anyone. He's a great talent. I see him in a couple of years being one of the best point guards that we have in this league, one of the top five point guards.
"He has all the abilities that all the great point guards have now in our league -- ball-handling, quickness, shooting ability, and his mind is very smart, too."
Kobe Bryant said that going up against a team full of All-Stars "can't help but help" Irving in his development. With how well he's fared against the national team, perhaps the next time Irving is in this situation he'll be on the other squad.
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The 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year is a can't-miss superstar and one of the brightest young playmakers in professional basketball. But that doesn't mean Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving still can't impress the heck out of every last soul at this week's Team USA camp.
Jerry Colangelo said Kyrie Irving was the one guy on the Select Team who can switch to national team right now— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) July 10, 2012
Asked LeBron James which Select Team member has stood out the most this week and he said Kyrie Irving.— Ben Golliver (@blazersedge) July 10, 2012
The flashy Irving already produced a bevy of highlight-reel plays over the weekend with the Select Team, but it's becoming apparent to everyone just how insanely good this kid is at just 20 years old. With lightning-quick speed in the open court and elite-level ball-handling ability, it's hard to believe that we aren't looking at the next great NBA superstar at the point guard position here.
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On Monday morning, Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area reporter Matt Steinmetz reported that Team USA's Summer Select roster was set and that Cleveland Cavaliers Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving was one of the thirteen players on the final list.
Here is the reported roster according to Steinmetz:
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
DeJuan Blair, San Antonio Spurs
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz
The players invited to this year's camp are individuals that Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff would like to see upclose in order to consider for future Team USA events, such as World Championships and Olympic tournaments.
Irving played for Krzyzewski at Duke during the 2010-11 season prior to being taken with the first overall selection by the Cavs in the 2011 NBA Draft.
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Kyrie Irving has been selected to the USA Select Team, which scrimmages with the National Team in preparation for the Summer Olympics. If history is any indication, this should put Irving in prime position to compete for a spot on the National Team down the road.