“See that banner right there? That’s what he means to the franchise, you know, be number one pick, a lot expectations and he surpassed them all,” said Thompson. “Being an All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, world championship, gold medalist, Olympic gold medalist, made a crucial step back from the right wing in Game 7, Rookie of the Year… it’s a lot. His jersey will be retired here. He’s a part of history. And he’ll always have a place in the Cavaliers’ franchise.”
“He’s my brother,” Thompson added. “At the end of the day if I need a dog, I need a MF that can go and hoop, I’m definitely going to put him on my team.”
That’s all fine and good, and accurate, except for maybe the part about Irving having his jersey retired in Cleveland.
Let’s go to the tale of the tape…
• Six seasons with the team
• 21.6 points per game
• 5.5 assists per game
• Four All-Star teams
• Three NBA Finals
• One NBA championship
• Demanded a trade
• Cleveland made the NBA Finals without him the year after he left
Many Cavaliers fans don’t believe that he should. Some more strongly than others.
— Patty Sadd McCaffrey (@PattyMcCaffrey) November 26, 2019
Yeah, that's not gonna happen.
— nate (@nate_dog70) November 26, 2019
No way you retire that jersey...why on earth would you?
— NotRoy (@SSeigfrid) November 26, 2019
— jon Ross (@jonRoss80333788) November 26, 2019
— Robert McClure (@macdaddyme1) November 26, 2019
I hope I’m long gone before that happens.
— Mr. Bad Example (@MrBadExample7) November 26, 2019