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In this June 2011 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern (left) poses with the No. 1 overall draft pick, Kyrie Irving, of Duke, who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
In this Oct. 2012 file photo, Cleveland Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving (left) cracks up while having his picture taken with the team's top draft pick, Dion Waiters, during the Cavaliers' annual Media Day held at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
Sitting in chairs on the gym floor where Akron’s best basketball player learned the game, they came to honor the memory of Akron’s second-best basketball player — and one of its all-time nicest people.