Clevleand Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving (2) get ready for a photo shoot with Sports Illustrated during the NBA basketball team's media day Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Independence, Ohio.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – Kyrie Irving was surprised, disappointed and deeply hurt. With everything the Cavaliers’ All-Star guard has experienced during two seasons in the NBA, nothing prepared him for this. This was as painful as any injury. “I just lost my head coach,” Irving said, his voice barely above a whisper. “This is all new to me right now. I’m just trying to get over the loss of my basketball father.”
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Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2011-12 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year as he poses for a portrait on May 15, 2012 at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, Ohio. Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, left, watches guard Dion Waiters as they have their photos taken during their NBA basketball media day at the team's training facility in Independence, Ohio, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.