Apr 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving In Las Vegas, Why?


Oct 30, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left) and shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) celebrate in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The following tweet went out in the last few minutes and many Cavs fans held their breath:

Cavs fans remember that Kyrie played in the Summer League in Las Vegas last year and hurt his hand when he hit/slapped/punched a wall, which limited his off-season preparation. Summer League is generally for rookies and second year players, with the occasional veteran trying to catch on to a team. The Cavs have not announced who will be on their squad this summer but Dion Waiters tweeted out he will be there. Last summer Dion seemed out of shape and did not play well in the summer session. We can expect rookie Carrick Felix to be on the team but fellow rookies Anthony Bennett (shoulder surgery) and Sergey Karasev (playing overseas) will not be contributing. Thankfully neither will Kyrie:

This is a great sign for Kyrie and his leadership that he is going out there where some of his teammates already will be, to lead them in workouts. Kyrie has shown alot in his early career, especially on the offensive end, but his leadership hasn’t exploded off the screen due to his somewhat introverted nature. Tristan Thompson was often the most verbal young core player on the team. Kyrie doesn’t need to prove that he can be loud, yell or scream, but does need to prove that he is THE leader of a young team that has playoff aspirations.

Cleveland fans can first take a deep breath, he isn’t playing, then can get even more excited about our off-season. We drafted 2 players who should fit into our long term goals. We signed a tall, long player who can play the wing. We signed a dynamic veteran combo guard. We are in talks to sign Andrew Bynum. We also are the center of many intriguing, asset gaining trade talks.

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