Links to the Present: February 2, 2012

February 2nd, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“Many see little correlation between big-time pro sports and the real world. Hardly a surprise, given the disparity in weekly paychecks. Then again, most don’t give consideration to where athletes like Cavaliers guard Mychel Thompson spend so many games, sitting at the ends of benches, their tomorrows — like their contracts — not guaranteed.” [Tom Reed]

“When he learned he had played a career high in minutes Tuesday night, Kyrie Irving gave a slight fist pump and flashed a small grin. Turns out, Irving has been as anxious as the eager fans who have been clamoring for him to play more minutes. In part because of a backcourt hit hard by injuries, Irving played nearly 38 minutes in the loss to the Boston Celtics. The more he plays, the more difficult coach Byron Scott is finding it to keep him off the floor. In a surprise to no one, Irving was named the Eastern Conference’s Rookie of the Month on Wednesday. He averaged 18.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in games in December and January. He led all rookies in scoring, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage and assists.” [Jason Lloyd]

“Trade rumors are swirling that the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have inquired about G Ramon Sessions. He could be available, but the Cavs would want a first-round pick in return for the veteran point guard. He can opt out of his contract after this season. He dished out a season-high 10 assists on Tuesday in the Cavs’ loss to Boston.” [CBS Sports]

Plain Dealer scribe Tom Reed chat with Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao.

And for the sake of looking at a contrarian’s take on Kyrie Irving, Wages of Wins Journal argues that Irving definitely shouldn’t be this season’s Rookie of the Year.