After the last remaining embers from the burned LeBron James' jerseys reached a temperature cool enough to touch in the Summer of 2010, the smoke cleared—to expose the hollowness on the horizon for Cleveland and its basketball team.
That hollow feeling lasted for far-less time than most could have imagined, as practically a year to the day after LeBron left—Kyrie Irving arrived as the first-overall pick by the Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Since his arrival in Cleveland, Irving, who played in all of 11 games at Duke University, has superseded expectations with his Rookie of the Year-worthy play—and even quelled any desire towards reminisces of the recent LeBron era.
This not only served as notice on the respect that Irving is quickly garnering only halfway into his rookie campaign, but also was another potential hint from James—who to date has not gotten to run with a true and talented point guard.
This last inference would depend of course, on your desire to let your imagination fathom such possibilities—which represents a part of the imagination that many Cleveland fans are surely unwilling to unlock—just yet.
Nonetheless, Irving has not only asserted his significant presence during his short time in the league, he has convinced Cavs' fans that not only is their life after LeBron—but the Kyrie Irving era is one that could prove to be a very successful one for the team and city.
As such, here are five assertions as to why Irving is the better fit for the team.