Should The Cleveland Cavaliers Shut Down Kyrie Irving For The Rest Of The NBA Season?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are not going to make the 2013 NBA Playoffs. Sure, there are still a few weeks left in the season. But, at 21-40, we can confidently say that there’s no chance of them playing in the postseason this year. But, they’ve got a young nucleus of talented players, another lottery pick coming their way, and one of the most explosive players in the entire league in point guard Kyrie Irving. So, there’s one more important move that they do need to make this season: Sit Irving down for the remainder of the year.
Earlier this week, Irving complained of some pain in his knee and said that there was no way that it’s going to get better as long as he keeps playing. He said that, in order for it to heal, he’s going to need to take some time off from playing basketball and get some rest. And, while that surprised some people in Cleveland, including Irving’s head coach Byron Scott, it sounds like Irving might get the rest he needs if he thinks he needs it.
“If there is any way of doing more damage by continuing to play, then I’ll find that out and we’ll go from there,” Scott said. “I want him to be able to go out there and play and be effective for us. I don’t want him to be out there playing at 50 percent.”
That sounds good. But, why not take it one step further? If we were the Cavs, we wouldn’t play Irving if he was only 99 percent. Reason being, this guy is the future of the franchise and Cleveland will only go as he goes. So, why not put him on the shelf now, let him rest, and get him be prepared to work hard during the upcoming offseason so that he’s ready to go next season? It will hurt the team’s bottom line a bit this year—after all, who’s showing up to a Cavs game to watch anyone except Irving?—but we think it would benefit that bottom line in the future. It’d give Irving time to rest, help the Cavs improve their chances of scoring a high lottery pick, and give some other guys on the team the chance to show whether or not they should be brought back next year.
Sitting Irving definitely wouldn’t be the most popular decision in Cleveland. But, it would give the Cavs the best chance of enjoying some success in the future. So, what are they waiting for? Give the guy a seat.