Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry passed Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving in All-Star voting at the last minute, the NBA announced on Thursday, but Irving is not upset about it.
"He deserves it," Irving said after the Cavaliers' 115-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, via cleveland.com's Chris Fedor.
Lowry has arguably been the best guard in the East this season, averaging 20.9 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds for the second-best team in the conference. He's also appeared in all 42 games for the Raptors, while Irving has missed 27 games.
Irving is undoubtedly an elite talent, and he won MVP of the All-Star Game in 2014. He's averaging just 15.8 points, 3.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds as he shakes the rust off, though, so some people would have been upset if he had been voted in. After the first returns came in, Washington Wizards guard John Wall called the results "a joke." It is highly unlikely that coaches will select Irving as a reserve.
"There are people more deserving than I am," Irving said, via cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.
Obviously, he is correct. He's also well aware that, at 23 years old, he will have many more opportunities to play in the NBA's biggest showcase. Unlike Kobe Bryant, there's no real point in awarding Irving a spot just because of his name.