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Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:40 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 2:29 am
DAYTON, Ohio -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday acknowledged publicly for the first time since Kryie Irving injured the big toe on his right foot back on Dec. 18 that the star point guard "could" play in this NCAA tournament.

And now it's time to start ripping up your bracket.

Seriously, this changes everything.

Nobody knows how many minutes Irving could play or how effective he could be over the next three weeks, but Krzyzewski putting this out there like that suggests he plans to use Irving in some form at some point. The final hurdle, it seems, will be whether Irving's father, Drederick Irving, will sign off on letting his son return when the reality is that the freshman from New Jersey did enough in Duke's first eight games to convince professional scouts that he's worthy of being selected in the top three of June's NBA Draft, perhaps as high as first overall. Reasonable minds can differ on the right and wise move. But only Irving and his father are qualified to make that call.

In the meantime, college basketball fans wait.

Kyrie Irving practiced "a little bit" Tuesday, according to his coach. If he practices a little bit more Wednesday, a little bit more Thursday and is back to operating near 100 percent by the time the Blue Devils reach a presumed Sweet 16, watch out. Yes, I suppose there might be chemistry issues for Duke like some suggested upon hearing Krzyzewski's announcement that Irving could return, but I'm betting the positives of having Irving in the lineup far outweight any possible negatives. He's so good with the ball, at probing the defense and either attacking the rim or finding an open shooter. Though Nolan Smith is great and has been named college basketball's National Player of the Year by various media outlets, remember this: Irving was Duke's best player when he was healthy enough to play for Duke.

We all agreed on that three months ago.

If you've forgotten, I suggest you watch tape.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:10 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?


In regards to your statement.........when he was introduced to my sister his words were "I dont have to meet anyone I'm not going to be here much longer."................Maybe your sister is UGLY!

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:52 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

Uh, this isn't true. Kyrie is in a class with one of my friends, and he attends class regularly. #FakeRumorFail

Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:03 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

its a fact you dont have to attend one class in the spring to be eligible for the ncaa's.  that's what is so bad about the 1 and done rule, its a mockery.  but as a duke fan, ive accepted the fact that he's probably going pro.  he should go pro if he's #1 and duke has a great pg freshman coming in next year.  but today is today, and this tourney looks a bit brighter for duke fans upon hearing this great news. 

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:52 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?


Let me get this straight. Kyrie hasn't attended class but remains mysteriously eligible to play in NCAA. Perhaps your sister misinterpreted not be here much longer to wherever it was she was introduced. Kyrie has explicitly indicated that he looks forward to a backcourt with Austin Rivers. Perhaps you should check your facts. Last week before even getting his medical clearance to play, those in the know said 'I do not believe Irving is going to leave Duke early and miss the opportunity to play with his good friend Austin Rivers, while contending for a NCAA national championship and potentially a player of the year award. Coach K previously said Irving was the best point guard to put on a Duke uniform in over a decade. In order to get more in game experience before entering the NBA draft, Kyrie will return as point guard and leader for Duke in 2012. ' 

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:57 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

I must correct the fallacy of that statement. Kyrie Irving will not return. He hasnt been to class once during the spring semester. On top of this, when he was introduced to my sister his words were "I dont have to meet anyone I'm not going to be here much longer." He will be a game changer in the tournament but after that he is going pro

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:14 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

Easy there Debbie Downer.  Kyrie would not just be thrown back in to the starting lineup.  He will come off the bench and play limited minutes.  It will still be Nolan and Kyle's team and they will not revert back to the uptempo style they played with Kyrie.  Coach K did the same thing in 2001 when he reinserted Boozer back into the lineup in the Sweet 16 games.  Boozer had to adjust to the new team, not the other way around.  What Kyrie will provide is another playmaker coming off the bench.  How he plays and how the team responds will determine how many minutes he ends up playing in the later rounds, if Duke is fortunate enough to advance.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:12 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

dharvy, are you serious? Kyrie Irving is not just your ordinary freshman. Duke was infintely better with him in November and early December and will be infinitely better with him in March and early April. The rust you speak of is only in actual game playing. He has been in intensive pgysical therapy since his cast was removed 6 weeks ago and his skills are not such that he has to re-establish himself. You really think a coach as smart as this would risk a player in situations when he said from day one up until yesterday afternoon that Irving would probably not return this year? I also think too many people assume that he will go in the draft rather than return next year to play along side of Austin Rivers for a potential 3-peat! Others have not jumped at the first opportunity, why would Kyrie? 

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:01 am

Hold your bracket, here comes Kyrie?

Irving coming back will not help himself or Duke.  All he can do at this point is hurt Duke's chemistry they have built with Nolan Smith as the primary ballhandler.  I cannot see Duke being better with a rusty freshman point guard thrown back in to the rotation at the most crucial point of the season.  Irving also risks his top three draft status if he succumbs to another injury or doesnt play as well as he did earlier in the season. 

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