I published a recap of Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day at BleacherReport.com this morning.
An excerpt of those takeaways are below, highlighted by the leadership role assumed by Kyrie Irving heading into the his third NBA season.
Kyrie Irving isn't asking for permission to be great. Following the lead of their young superstar, his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates aren't either.
Despite finishing with the third-worst record in the NBA last season, confidence was the overwhelming message during Cavs media day. With training camp set to begin, the Cavaliers demonstrated a collective belief and expectation for success in 2013-14 that's been noticeably lacking in recent years.
From newly rehired coach Mike Brown to newcomer Andrew Bynum, longtime Cavalier Anderson Varejao and everyone else in between, the winning tone set by Irving was impossible to ignore.
"This is the best I've ever felt coming into a season," Irving declared at Cavs media day, putting no limit on what he and his teammates can accomplish. "My goal is to become the best player in the league."
After averaging 22.5 points and 5.9 assists as an All-Star in 2012-13, Irving will enter the year with the opportunity to compete for All-NBA honors. But his message on media day was more about setting an example of leadership and accountability for his team than it was about individual recognition.
"I feel like I've grown from a little guy, a 19-year-old, to a young man during my time here," Irving added. "Now I'm the leader of this team, and I'm ready to take full responsibility."