Kyrie Irving Named NBA All Star

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland will be represented in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game next month when Kyrie Irving takes the court.

The league made the announcement on Thursday.

“I’m truly blessed and thankful for the opportunity that the NBA has afforded me.  This is more of a blessing for our team and the city of Cleveland and that’s what it’s mainly about. I’m just really happy and excited for this opportunity,” Irving, 20, said.

The point guard averages 23.7 points per game on .467 shooting, with 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35.7 minutes per game.

From the free throw line, Irving shoots .841, and from three point land it’s .399.

He and Carmelo Anthony are the only Eastern Conference players to score at least 40 points multiple times this year.

“I’m extremely happy for Kyrie making the All Star team this year,” Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said. “It certainly was well deserved. He’s a guy that works very hard and is the epitome of who we want to be. He has grown as a player and a person here in Cleveland and we’re looking forward to him continuing to do that.”

Also on Thursday, Irving was named Cleveland’s Professional Athlete of the Year.

Phil Dawson of the Browns and Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers were also up for the award.

The NBA All-Star Game was scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Toyota Center in Houston.

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