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Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson make first appearance for Cleveland Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 24, 2011

INDEPENDENCE: The Cavs don't have a starting point guard now. They have two. How they divide the playing time between Baron Davis and Kyrie Irving is just one of the many decisions coach Byron Scott will be happy to make.

"We'll let them fight it out," Scott said. "There's no expectations on Kyrie as a starter or anything like that. We expect Kyrie to come in, work hard and get better each day."

The Cavs introduced Irving and Tristan Thompson at an afternoon press conference in front of children and season ticket holders. Irving was his typically cool, polished self -- part of the reason the Cavs were thrilled to make him the top pick in the draft.

He might only be 19, but he carries himself as if he is much older and wiser.

"You guys are getting a gentleman," said his father, Dredrick. "I’m not saying that because I’m his father. He’s a special kid and I really mean that."

Irving will wear No. 15 with the Cavs, while Thompson will wear No. 13.

Thompson was a high school teammate of Samardo Samuels, who is thrilled to be reunited with an old friend. Samuels has been in town working out since the season ended and he watched Thompson's first workout against Enes Kanter.

"Tristan was way better (than Kanter)," Samuels said. "He was the best guy at the power forward spot they worked out."

Samuels was including Arizona forward Derrick Williams.

"He was cool," Samuels said. "But I liked Tristan. His energy level is unbelievable. It seems like he don't know no better but to just play hard. That's good for him."

General Manager Chris Grant said the Cavs have been scouting Thompson since high school. Although a few skeptics around the league believe the Cavs reached on Thompson with the fourth pick, Grant disagrees.

"We actually had him ranked much higher than fourth," Grant said.

We’ll let them fight it out. There’s no expectations on Kyrie as a starter or anything like that. We expect Kyrie to come in, work hard and get better each and every day, learn from some of the veterans we have. There is opportunity because of the way I coach, he’ll probably be playing with baron as well. When you have those two guys in the backcourt who both handle the ball and make great decisions and make other people better, it makes us a better basketball team.

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