The Cavaliers will get a full week to rest and recover during the All-Star break from a season that began in October. Some will take the time for themselves while four members of the team will participate in the events being held in Houston.
NBA All-Star Weekend begins next Friday night with the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. It was announced last week that four Cavs would play in the game that features team managers Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. The teams were made official on Thursday night with the draft live on TNT. Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller will all play together on “Team Shaq” while Tristan Thompson was drafted to “Team Chuck”. Irving played in the event last year, shooting 8-for-8 from beyond the arch and scoring 34 points. He won the game’s MVP award.
Irving’s busy weekend doesn’t end on Friday night unlike his teammates. He’ll be seen competing in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest during NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night. Irving is shooting almost 43% from three land this season. His competitors include Indiana’s Paul George, New York’s Steve Novak, New Orleans’s Ryan Anderson, San Antonio’s Matt Bonner and Golden State’s Stephen Curry. The defending champion, Kevin Love, won’t compete to defend his title due to injury.
All-Star Weekend will conclude Sunday evening with the 62nd NBA All-Star Game. Irving was voted into the game as a reserve player for the Eastern Conference squad. He’s the first Cleveland all-star since LeBron James in 2010 and only the fifth player in NBA history to play in the game before the age of 21.
The Cavaliers will be active during the biggest weekend in the sports’ regular season and undoubtedly many Clevelanders will certainly be rooting for them.