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Kyrie Irving doesn’t see the Cavs as an underdog

Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors hasn’t changed Kyrie Irving’s opinion of the Cavs.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving does not considering himself an underdog and he never has.

Irving, in Q&A with Complex’s Zach Frydenlund (aka PChopz on Twitter), Irving said that he doesn’t know what it’s like to be an underdog and never has.

Via Chopz’s Q&A:

I don't know what that feels like. I don't know what it feels like to be an underdog. I never see myself as an underdog at any moment in my life. Coming into next season there will probably be some favorites, but I definitely don't see us as an underdog.

In the next month or so, Irving will be interact with Durant and a few of his new teammates at the Olympics in Rio. At one point, there’s a pretty good chance he’ll share the floor with Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

It’s also telling that Irving has adopted this mindset and it’s a lot like LeBron James’ repeated indications that he doesn’t like to be slighted. And considering that Irving and the Cavs will probably play the Warriors in the Finals next year, it’s good to see one of their star players head into next season with confidence.