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Kyrie Irving Named as Cover Athlete for NBA Live 2014

July 25th, 2013 at 4:37 PM
By Pat Murphy

If Kyrie Irving was not considered a legitimate NBA superstar outside of Cleveland before, he should be now. Bleacher Report today announced that he will be on the cover of NBA Live 2014.

The third-year player for the Cleveland Cavaliers has demonstrated to all those who watch him regularly how good he is, but the rest of the league's fans are not likely to have taken notice. This is in part due to the Cavaliers 45-103 record so far in his career. Irving is rarely seen on national television outside of the NBA All-Star events he has participated in, therefore many have not been able to see his ability.

'Kyrie Irving' photo (c) 2012, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ After averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game, while shooting 46.9% from the field, in his rookie season, Irving upped the ante in his sophomore campaign, raising his scoring to 22.5 points per game and his assists to 5.9 and also taking his field goal percentage to 45.2%.

The 21-year-old has quickly risen among the ranks of NBA point guards and has already been talked about as one of the best in the league by some of the top experts.

Now the people at EA Sports are giving their vote of confidence, putting him on the cover of their most recent NBA addition.

Some the more notable NBA players to grace the cover of the game are Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, and Carmelo Anthony. This puts Irving in good company going forward in his career.

Unlike the EA's Madden game, the NBA Live title does not seem to come with a curse. Many players, including those named above, had successful season after being pictured as the feature athlete on the game.

This announcement not only speaks to how talented Irving is, but the perception that the Cavaliers are headed in the right direction. Irving has brought national attention back to Cleveland and now has a team around him that could finally make a push and get him the recognition throughout fan bases that he deserves.

Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland, Cleveland Cavaliers, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving, NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan

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