Links to the Present: January 13, 2012

January 13th, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“Irving is a 19-year old kid tasked with placing a franchise on his still-developing shoulders.  His game, despite being modeled after countless idols, is his own. Speed won’t be taught; he won’t sprout to 6-foot-5 or be outfitted with a Blake Griffin-like being any time soon. Kyrie Irving is not the next Paul or Rose. He’s not the next Iverson, Zeke or Wall. He’s not even the next Nash or Stockton or Kidd. Kyrie Irving is The Next Kyrie Irving. And this may wind up being the best news of all.” [Scott Sargent]

“Alonzo Gee could be the Cavaliers’ most improved player from last season. The 6-foot-6, 219-pound Gee started his transformation last year when he started 29 games with the Cavs (5-5). Now coming off the bench behind starter Omri Casspi at small forward, he makes things happen when he’s on the court.” [FS Ohio]

“The Cavaliers got back to .500 last night against Phoenix and the Lakers are on their own mini win streak of 4 games. After getting Andrew Bynum back from suspension and Kobe Bryant getting some weird vampire treatment in Germany, the LakeShow is rolling. Kobe has scored 40 points in his past 2 games and as I peruse the Cavs roster, I don’t see anyone capable of stopping him from grabbing 40 again.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]