Kyrie Irving is healthy and ready for the start of Cavaliers training camp.
Irving was cleared to return a couple of weeks ago following a fractured wrist he suffered during summer league practice in July. The reigning Rookie of the Year appeared at Cavs media day on Monday joking with teammates, showing off his left hand and excited to play alongside rookie Dion Waiters.
"My left hand floater is something serious right now," Irving joked. "I can actually tie my shoe with one hand now."
Irving dismissed the fracture as a freak accident and remains steadfast he isn't concerned about the injuries that have piled up on him, ranging from a toe injury in college to a concussion, shoulder injury and the fractured hand during his rookie season.
When he was healthy, Irving dazzled on the court and the Cavaliers are expecting more of the same. Coach Byron Scott said the time will come this season when he turns over the entire offense to Irving, allowing him to call the plays and run the team. Scott said he wasn't sure when that would happen, but Irving said he's ready to do it now.
"I won't be looking at Coach Scott unless I make a turnover or unless we call a timeout," Irving said. "We definitely have a feel for each other and he trusts me with the ball. This year I have to be that point guard for him."
Irving said he has been working on a post game and has added about five pounds to better withstand some of the pounding he took last season.