Ashley Nevel caught up with Irving at Tuesday’s shoot-around and he drew a parallel between his career and the career of the Suns’ future Ring of Honor inductee.
“Being a leader of a team, where sometimes the pieces around him aren’t all that great, Irving said. For the last few years he’s had to deal with that. Injuries. I’ve been in a position similar to his at this point in his career.”
For the first three seasons of Irving’s career his Cleveland Cavaliers averaged 26 wins. In season four they welcomed back LeBron James. The Cavs won 53 games and advanced to the NBA Finals. This is Booker’s fourth season. It looks unlikely that the Suns will be adding a LeBron James caliber player. But don’t allow that to discourage you.
“He’s absolutely a killer. I’m just a huge fan. Where he is now and where he can go. I just want him to stay level-headed. The environment, don’t let it diminish who you are as talent.”
“As you can see I’m a big believer in Devin.”
The environment. Sigh. The Suns host the Celtics Thursday night in Boston’s lone trip to Talking Stick Resort Arena this season. Tip is scheduled for 6p PT.