Kyrie Irving Says He Wants to Be 'The Best Player in the League' During 2013-14

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

Slow your roll, Kyrie. 

The young point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers has a rather lofty goal going into the 2013-14 season.

For Kyrie Irving, it's not just about being an All-Star. Hell, it's not even about being the best player at his position. That would require him jumping past Stephen Curry, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Tony Parker and Chris Paul

Irving wants to be the best. But I'm guessing he just forgot about LeBron James, the clear-cut No. 1 player in the world, who has shown no sign of letting up his grasp on that title anytime soon. 

Is this a Cleveland thing? Is the city and everyone associated with it so bitter that—much like the Cavs offical website—LeBron keeps getting overlooked? 

With that said, it's still a good thing for Irving to desire that much of an improvement. A 21-year-old point guard shouldn't want to remain stagnant now that he's been named to an All-Star team.

But can't the goal be a little more realistic? Better yet, can it be more team-oriented? 

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I'd like to see Irving focused more on leading the Cavs into the postseason for the first time since the actual best player in the world left Cleveland for the allures of South Beach and the title potential of the Miami Heat.

That's the ultimate goal this season, after all. Well, that and entertaining fans, apparently. 

The USA Today's Sean Highkin had the Cavaliers checking in at No. 10 in his watchability rankings, and Irving was a rather large part of that decision: 

Irving is only 21, and he's already been anointed the next great point guard. The hype is justified: The 2011 No. 1 draft pick has a killer handle and can score from anywhere. In his third season, he'll have by far the most talented supporting cast he's ever had. It will be interesting to see what he can do with it.

Notice how Highkin still doesn't go so far as to call Irving a challenger to King James' throne. Irving can get there one day but that day has not yet arrived. Nor will it in 2013-14. 

For now, Irving needs to focus on more attainable goals. Things like becoming the league's best floor general or simply staying healthy throughout a year.

Or, better yet, helping his team play more than 82 games in a single season. 

Now those accomplishments would be more realistic. We'll get to the original one a little bit further down the road.