When Kyrie Irving refuted a report earlier in the week stating he may return for Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard said he’d be the one to deliver the news of his actual return. Sure enough, Irving delivered on that promise with a simple message on Saturday:
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) December 19, 2015
This isn’t quite as big a deal as Michael Jordan’s “I’m back” announcement, but this is still huge news for Cleveland. Irving has been recovering from knee surgery in June, and while the rehab has taken longer than initially expected, he’s finally ready to go for the Cavaliers’ game against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Cleveland performed admirably without Irving and with several other injuries, going 17-7 through the first 24 games, the best mark in the Eastern Conference. The 23-year-old will help the Cavaliers hit another gear thanks to his dynamic scoring and playmaking.
Bringing Irving back against the Sixers makes plenty of sense, as he can ease his way back into the lineup against a bad opponent. This news also makes Cleveland’s Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors even more compelling.