Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving no ordinary rookie

By Tom Withers

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 18 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

In this photo made Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, talks with Golden State Warriors' Nate Robinson in an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Irving, the rookie point guard, has dazzled in his first month as a pro, helping the Cavs, who won just 19 games last season, get off to a good start and giving Cleveland fans the hope they had dashed by LeBron James.

Mark Duncan, Associated Press

CLEVELAND — The last teenage sensation to play for the Cavaliers took them to brink of a championship and then broke a city's heart.

Kyrie Irving may be the one to heal it.

Less than a month into his NBA career, Irving is not only proving to be worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, but the point guard has exuded a fearlessness and confidence rarely seen in such a young player. Irving has averaged 21.8 points and 5.2 assists in his last six games and has the Cavs off to a surprising 6-7 start.

And at 19 years old, he's only going to get better.

Cavs coach Byron Scott, who played with Magic Johnson and coached Chris Paul and Jason Kidd, believes Irving is "a special" player.

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