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Irving validates All-Star starting nod, wins MVP

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 12:39 am •  Published: February 17, 2014

"The history of the league is to reward the teams with winning records and the best players on those teams" with All-Star selections, Vogel said. "But there's certain players that stand out beyond that, and Kyrie is definitely one of them. ... He's one of the best in the world, and he showed it tonight."

Not bad for a 21-year-old in his third NBA season — even if he was the first overall pick in 2011.

When Irving was given the trophy, he got a little advice from James, who also was playing for the Cavs at age 21 when he won his first All-Star MVP award in 2006. James and several others reminded Irving to hold the trophy high above his head, so fans could see it.

Cleveland rooters watching on TV might have enjoyed that the most, offering hope that all the losing that has followed James' departure for Miami may end sooner rather than later — if Irving can get a little more help.

"It's a great accomplishment, bringing this (trophy) back to Cleveland," Irving said. "That's the most important thing."