Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Team Shaq guard Kyrie Irving (2) of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Team Chuck during the second half of the rising stars challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving Discombobulated Brandon Knight in the Rising Stars Challenge


Kyrie Irving had a very brief career at Duke, but his time there was highly memorable.

There aren’t many freshmen who come in and immediately drop your jaw, but that was exactly the effect Kyrie had on me, along with just about every other person who watched him perform. It was obvious he was too good for the college game, but it still all the same when he left for the NBA after one year as a Blue Devil.

Ever since he arrived in the NBA, he has looked every bit as dominant as he did in the college game, putting together a 21.4 PER and a .566 TS% in his rookie season.

He has only gotten better in his second year, single-handedly carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to most of their 16 wins. He was awarded for his efforts this season in the form of his first All-Star appearance and second-consecutive appearance in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Last night, the Rising Stars Challenge took place, and Kyrie Irving put on another All-Star weekend performance to remember, dropping 32 points and showing off why he is already considered by many to be a top-five point guard in the league. Brandon Knight, the unfortunate soul tasked with guarding him, was on the receiving end of a few brutal moves:

Yeah, Kyrie Irving is pretty darn good. His team would eventually go on to lose by a score of 163-135, but I can only assume the pain of the loss was nothing compared to the nightmares Knight will be having over the next few days.

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