With Team USA’s gold medal win on Sunday, Kyrie Irving has put himself in elite company.
As noted by SportsCenter, Irving is now one of four players ever to win an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in the same season. The other three? Just some guys named LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
This status puts Irving in some rarefied air at age 24. He still has a ways to go to match the individual legacies of LeBron, Jordan and Pippen. But this isn’t at all a bad start to what will probably be a long, decorated NBA career.
Additionally, Irving has a chance to keep adding to his resume. The Cavs are obviously title contenders and should remain so for the next few seasons. Plus, Irving should be -at the very least least - in consideration for the 2020 Olympic team. When the 2020 Olympics kick off in Tokyo, Irving will be in the middle of his prime at age 28.
And by then, who knows? Irving could have multiple titles and two gold medals to his name.
Oh, and by the way: Kevin Love would be on this list had he accepted Team USA’s offer to play in Rio.