Irving Gets Car, Trophy as NBA Rookie of Year
Kyrie Irving accepted his KIA NBA Rookie of the Year Award at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence. He earned a trophy and a Kia auto and won points for his humility and poise, attributes he often displays on the court.
His coach Byron Scott said, “I expect so much more from him this next season and many more to come.”
Irving thanked his teammates, the coaches, the media, the great Cleveland fans for embracing him, and most importantly, his family.
Irving, who averaged 18.5 points per game talked a lot about his father, whom he says helped shape his basketball game and, more importantly, his view of life.
“I love you man,” he said as he looked down at his father, seated next to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.
“This is going on the mantle, with flashing lights on it,” he joked upon getting the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy.
Irving alluded to how nervous he was before his first practice, hoping to live up to expectations as the No. 1 choice in the draft. Irving established a reputation for being coolest when the pressure is the greatest with several game-winning shots.
“It’s just surreal. I practice those shots so much, they are second nature,” he said.
Irving is the second Cleveland Cavaliers player to win the honor. LeBron James won it in 2003-04. Irving totaled 592 points and received 117 first-place votes, besting Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves by a large margin.