Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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After the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the dismantled and barely filled line-up of the Los Angeles Lakers back on February 5th, it seemed as if the season was all but over. Then over the next week and a half, the Cavs won four straight heading into the All-Star break and to cap it off, Cleveland’s own Kyrie Irving propels the East to a 163-155 victory over the West and wins the All-Star Game MVP.
That’s right folks, the Cavaliers are only 3 games out of a playoff spot and their young superstar shined in New Orleans with the best in the world. As good as all of that sounds, is Irving’s MVP honor a blessing for the city of Cleveland, or is it a curse?
If you are a Cleveland sports fan, chances are good that you are thinking, of course it is a blessing. Irving's MVP shows that Cleveland truly has one of the best young talents in the game and he is only going to get better. It is that reason for why I have this eerie feeling in my stomach.
If your memory escapes you sports fans, the Cleveland Cavaliers once had a two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP and he now suits up and is winning NBA Championships for the Miami Heat. Now I know that many Cavaliers fans out there, including myself, are cautiously anticipating the possible return of King James to Cleveland this coming off-season, but after “The Decision” in 2010, it is clear that LeBron is fully in charge of his own career path.
If LeBron does come back to Cleveland, then there is nothing to worry about. Irving will sign his maximum contract extension and the Cavaliers will be back to the top of the NBA mountain. If LBJ doesn’t come home to Cleveland, then that is when this All-Star Game MVP for Kyrie could take a turn for the worse.
Just like when LeBron was in Cleveland and competing in All-Star Games and the Olympics with the best in the world, it allowed him to see that the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence. The friendships he made with the likes of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Pat Riley are what paved the way to get him to Miami, and it is very possible that the same thing could happen to Kyrie.
Irving got to spend his second All-Star Game in a row with some of his best buddies like Kevin Love and Paul George and after dropping 31 points, 14 assists and garnering the MVP; every other team in the league was in attendance to witness that. It has to be frustrating for Irving to have all of that talent and to be seemingly wasting it with the Cavaliers. I understand, Cleveland is only 3 games out, but don’t you think that he sees what Indiana, Miami, Oklahoma City and Houston are doing?
Luckily for Cleveland, I don’t believe any player coming off of his rookie contract has ever declined their first maximum contract extension offer, so they have history in their favor there. It just seems that we have been down this road before. Cleveland’s future is hanging in the balance with one superstar and he just might go and find a greener pasture elsewhere. As a Cleveland fan and a sports fan, you can’t blame them, you just have to hope and pray that Mr. James comes home to keep this blessing from turning into a curse.