Irving, who played 11 games as a Duke freshman and after that announced for the 2011 draft said, “The comparisons will come regardless. That’s something I’m prepared for. As for right now, I just want to contribute to whatever team I go to.”
Cleveland, which had the top record of NBA in 2010 and this year the second-bad mark, obtains the first shot at Irving in the June 23 draft after winning the no. 1 pick in NBA lottery.
Irving said, “He’s definitely filling like a big brother role in my life, just giving me advice. When I was going through the three-month stretch when I was hurt he was talking to me every single week telling me to keep the faith. That was really special to me to have someone in the NBA already giving me advice – what things to do and what not to do.”
Irving has a pre-draft medical assessment but would not join in closed-door drills. According to him, “I’m just going doing medical here – MRI and I did height and weight today. I’m still working out around here (privately) but I’m not doing anything at the combine.”
Irving, missed 26 games with a toe injury, who have an averaged of 17.5 points in an abbreviated Blue Devils season.
He said, “It was a trying part of my life. I’ve never been through something like that, never had an injury like that. It was a learning experience and I’m glad I moved on from that.”
He said, “I’m 100 percent healthy. It was a more serious case of turf toe. I tore some ligaments in my toe and we cast it for three months.”
He said, “I truly believe I wouldn’t have come out if I only played eight games. I came back for the NCAA tournament because one, I was ready and two, I just wanted to stop all the questions whether I was healthy and whether this toe injury was going to be a lingering effect on my career.”
Irving has been doing exercises for two hours each day and is concentrated on “getting in the best shape possible,” Jeffrey Weschler, the agent said. “He is looking forward to visiting teams before the June 23 draft.”
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