On Kyrie’s ROY and confirming new reasons for hope

My latest blog entry over at went up on Wednesday afternoon, and if you didn’t see that yet the link is right here. With Kyrie accepting his ROY award on Tuesday, and the Draft Lottery rapidly approaching, it really felt like a lot of positive energy was shifting the Cavaliers way to me this week some reason. After I attended the ROY presentation, I followed that up by watching Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist workout in preparation for the NBA Draft the next day, and that was cool too. I have a couple features coming early next week at SLAM on all that, so I don’t want to say too much on it now, other than as a Cavaliers fan I really hope MKG ends up in Cleveland. Like, really hope he does. I’ll explain more on that later though. Below is an excerpt from my latest entry at

The fanfare surrounding the presentation was minimal. The room was packed with maybe fifty media members, that same number of family, friends, supporters and corporate sponsors, the Cavaliers brass, and a group of Cleveland area children wearing Kyrie Never Stops Nike T-Shirts. There were no pyrotechnics, no flames, no dancing, no proclamations, and no music. The celebration was simple, the honor was deserved, and the new era of Cavaliers basketball was confirmed with that same crystal trophy that Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Allen Iverson, and Jason Kidd had all won before him. Assuming there was even any need for confirmation at this point.

Full Article: Kyrie Irving, the Rookie of the Year, and confirming a new reason for hope

We’ll be back later today as our NBA Draft Profile series continues with Thomas Robinison from Kansas. 

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine,,, and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.