Almost from the moment that former NBA Commissioner David Stern made the announcement that the Cleveland Cavaliers had selected Kyrie Irving in the 2011 NBA Draft, Cleveland Cavaliers fans have been told – repeatedly- that it was only a matter of time before Irving fled Cleveland.
A sampling of those media reports includes:
July 18, 2013: “I’ve heard from someone in the know… Kyrie Irving not long for Cleveland” –
July 18, 2013: Kyrie Irving denies ridiculous rumor he wants to leave Cleveland Cavs
Nov. 2, 2013: Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving could follow LeBron James out the door
Jan. 30, 2014: Kyrie Irving privately unhappy with Cavaliers
April 4, 2014: “The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland.” – ESPN’s Brian Windhorst
April 7, 2014: Unhappy Irving could impact the NBA Draft
May 26, 2014: Contrary 2 report, reason Cavs won’t offer Kyrie max extension: because they know he wouldn’t accept & don’t want 2 look bad#goinggoinggone – @PeterVecsey1
May 27, 2014: Kyrie Irving inching closer to Lakers
So it was quite a nice twist for Cavs fans to wake up this morning to the following news:
July 1, 2014: Cavs, Irving agree to contract extension
And while we were driving to work this morning, we heard two words echoing from somewhere “deep in the Q” as they traveled across the country for the national media to hear.
We’re not completely sure, but it sure sounded like someone saying “suck it!”