As NBA offseason news dwindles, fans begin to further investigate rumors and even reminisce about old highlights from their favorite players.
Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving responded to a tweet showcasing his 2016 NBA Finals highlights this morning. Here's what Irving had to say.
Mavericks star Kyrie Irving shares exciting championship aspirations
The initial tweet referenced Irving's phenomenal 2016 NBA Finals performance. The same finals where the Cleveland Cavaliers made history by coming back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Golden State Warriors.
Although the former Cleveland guard performed at an extremely high level on the biggest and brightest stage, he made it clear that he isn't looking for any credit or validation.
Irving is determined to get back to the NBA Finals and help his team accomplish the ultimate goal of winning the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Rather than reminiscing about his own past achievements, Irving is making it known that he's looking to the future.
Irving boasts a long list of achievements, including NBA Champion, Rookie of the Year, 8-time All-Star, All-Star game MVP, and 3-time All-NBA team.
Without many individual accolades left to accomplish, winning a championship in Dallas is next on Irving's wishlist after re-signing for three more seasons.
And as for Dallas, their sights are set on maximizing Irving's talent. Alongside generational star Luka Doncic, Irving provides a more than viable second option. And the Mavs front office has done its best to assemble a strong supporting cast for Irving and Doncic.
The Mavs drafted Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper and acquired Grant Williams via trade to help with a porous defense. Additionally, the Mavs added Seth Curry early in free agency to provide additional spacing for Irving and Doncic to work.
Last season, Mavs fans only got a glimpse of what Irving and Doncic could provide when sharing the court with one another. The two stars only appeared in sixteen games together in 2023.
The 2023-24 season will have big implications in Dallas. Irving will get a full off-season to acclimate with the Mavs roster and coaching staff. And, with all the new additions in Dallas, the Mavs can't afford to miss the play-in tournament for a second consecutive season. Especially with Doncic in his prime at 24 years old.
This upcoming season will be as interesting as ever. Will Kyrie Irving push the Mavs over the hump? Or will the Mavs' fate rest entirely in Luka Doncic's hands once again?
Stay tuned as the Mavs continue to search for a player to fill their final roster spot, and follow along for more off-season news and rumors in Dallas.