Kyrie Irving is going to be a little busier this weekend in New Orleans for the All-Star Game, what with the fans voting him a starter and all.
But he wants to defend his Three Point Contest title. Irving beat Matt Bonner in the final round last season, he was a bit of a surprise as guys like Bonner and Steve Novak were the favorites.
Now Irving wants to defend that title, he told Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (hat tip to Matt Moore at Eye on Basketball).
If Irving really wants to follow in Bird’s footsteps he should walk into the locker room before this year’s contest and ask everyone else “Which one of you &$%@#*^ is coming in second?”
It’s going to be interesting to see who is in this year’s contest. Everyone is hoping Stephen Curry and/or Klay Thompson enter for Golden State, beyond that Kyle Korver, Marco Belinelli, Bradley Beal and others would make an interesting lineup.
We’ll see who besides Irving accepts an invitation. The Three Point Shootout will be part of All-Star Saturday night (along with the Skills Competition, the Dunk Contest and more) on Jan. 15 in New Orleans. The All-Star Game is the next day.