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Cavaliers guard wins NBA Rookie of the Year
Kyrie Irving becomes second Cavalier to win award
Story by GRANT ENGLE


 
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert shakes hands with point guard Kyrie Irving during the trophy presentation
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The season for the Cleveland Cavaliers ended April 26, but Cavs fans had something to cheer about Tuesday afternoon. 

Point guard Kyrie Irving was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 season in a landslide vote.

During the award ceremony at the team’s practice facility in Independence, Irving thanked friends, family, teammates and the team’s management. He also pointed out the importance of the Cavs fans.

Kyrie Irving thanks the Cavs fans for their support

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Irving was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s NBA draft, and he led all rookies with 18.5 points per game this season.

Cavaliers Head Coach Byron Scott said Irving’s work ethic has made him easy to coach.


Byron Scott praises Irving's work ethic
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Irving is the first Cavs player to win the award since LeBron James in 2004.
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