During last year’s All-Star weekend Kyrie Irving participated in and won the 3-point contest. It seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard wants to defend his title, and is putting his name down for the competition this year, assuming he is invited.
“There have only been a few back-to-back champs,” Irving said. “My goal is to accomplish what Larry Bird did, which is win it three years in a row.
“If they ask me to come back, I’ll definitely come back.”
Last time around Irving represented the Eastern Conference together with Steve Novak and Paul George, while Matt Bonner, Ryan Anderson and Stephen Curry defended the honor of the Western Conference.
Many probably expected Curry, widely regarded as the best shooter in the NBA, to cruise to a victory, but the Golden State Warriors guard slipped up and didn’t even go through to the final round. After scoring 18 points in the opening round, Irving out-dueled Bonner in the final round by scoring 23 points.
Obviously, a player of Irving’s superstar status adds a lot to the interest factor of the competition, so it is probably safe to assume that he is a lock to participate this year as well.