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LAS VEGAS -- Kyrie Irving says Mike Krzyzewski calls him the one that got away because Irvings career at Duke lasted just 11 games in his freshman season before he declared for the NBA draft. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Richard-Rodgers-Jersey/ .This summer, Irving is making up for lost time, committing to play for Krzyzewski and USA Basketball despite coming off an intense calendar year that started with a six-month rehab after knee surgery and ended with the longest NBA season imaginable, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers win the championship in a seven-game Finals.Part of me would have wanted to probably think about rest and think about whats going on, but I can rest in training camp or getting ready for the season, Irving told ESPN.com this week at Team USA training camp in Las Vegas in preparation for next months Rio Olympics.I know the team will understand and Ill be at my best no matter what. I mean, this is [Krzyzewskis] last hurrah, so its an emotional thing and this will be our cemented championship if we come home with a gold. We got one in the world championship [in 2014], and now I want to win a gold with him, and Im the one that got away from him. So, Im glad that we can do this.USA Basketballs fascination with Irving predates his time with the Blue Devils. Jim Boeheim, Syracuses head coach and a U.S. assistant, remembers watching Irving play in high school and considering him one of the two best high school guards he has ever seen, along with Isiah Thomas. Every time he played, Boeheim said of Irving, he put on a show.Krzyzewski won the recruiting battle for the ballhandling wizard out of New Jersey, edging schools like Texas, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia Tech and Seton Hall. A right toe injury cut short Irvings lone college season, but the Cavs drafted him No. 1 overall in 2011 anyway. Now the three-time All-Star has become the player that Coach K envisioned.In high school, I thought he would be great, Krzyzewski said. Hes better. And the thing about him is, hes still getting better. And hes smart.Hes smart people-wise and hes smart game-wise. But hes smart game-wise not when the game stops. A lot of people are smart after the game or when the game stops; hes smart while the game is going on at a high level. And the really good ones are like that. And thats what Ive learned. LeBron [James] is like that. Kobe [Bryant] is like that. Chris Paul, Carmelo [Anthony] is like that. Steph [Curry] is like that.Its heady company for Irving. Three of the names Krzyzewski mentioned were league MVPs, another is considered the best point guard of his generation and the other one of the best pure scorers to lace them up. Krzyzewski is pushing Irving, who is wearing his idol Bryants No. 10 for the Olympics, to continue his rise.I think a player has a dogs life in their career ... 13, 15 [years], Krzyzewski said. Hopefully that long. So when you feel that momentum going where youre getting better, Im not sure you want to stop.I know he wants to play for the U.S., wants to win a gold medal. I think down the list, he wants to play for me. Im not saying way down the list. But the primary thing, Kyrie wants to be a great player, and this gives him an opportunity to play with different people. It brings out different qualities of him ... leadership. And our guys usually become better in this. They usually have really good years [coming off USA Basketball], and then he can rest after. Hell still have about six weeks before the season. So, Im proud of him.Still just 24 years old, Irving is the second-youngest player on USAs 12-man roster this summer, born a couple of months before Harrison Barnes.Im definitely one of the leaders of the team, and its crazy because Im still one of the youngest on this team, our Olympic team, Irving said. Its crazy to think that a lot of things that Ive been dreaming of as a kid are coming a lot quicker than I anticipated. But its been five years since I got drafted from Duke, and Im just happy for the opportunities that are in front of me.Irving will try to add an Olympic gold medal to the FIBA World Cup gold he won in Madrid when he was named MVP of the tournament. Hell try to add another championship with the Cavs next season, of course, but thats not on his mind at the moment.I havent thought about it, Irving said. I havent thought about a repeat yet. Ill think about it when it comes to October.Being around the Warriors Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all summer could speed that thought process, but Irvings answer is in line with his mantra of staying in the moment. Its the same reason he had little interest in reliving the Cavs epic Finals win over Golden State -- including his clinching 3-pointer over Curry in Game 7 -- when asked about it this week.I dont really have time to really sit there and realize the accomplishment of The Shot, he said. I know it was a very big shot and the magnitude of it was huge. But ... I wouldnt be me if I didnt continue to strive to think about the next thing that I have to accomplish and I want to accomplish, whether that be team- or personal-wise.So, it was a big shot, Im very ecstatic we won the championship and Im glad that shot happened in Golden State. It was a very big team, morale win for us. On the road in the NBA Finals, I mean, Ive been waiting for that type of moment. And I remember a person asked me, they were like, Are you ready for Game 7? And I told everybody, Im ready to relish in that moment. I want it, Im ready to be in it, Im ready to live in it and I meant that.As far as the Cavs go, Irving said he was confident the team would re-sign J.R. Smith and excited about the offseason additions of Chris Andersen and Mike Dunleavy.?I think hell enjoy it a lot better than anyone else, Irving said of Dunleavy, another former Duke star, because hell be getting standstill jump shots with us driving it.Yet in conversation, Irving had an easier time looking decades ahead than he did to next season.I know that were engraved in history, in Cleveland sports history, forever, Irving said. That team, well be coming back 40 years from now and well be old as heck and waving to the crowd like the Miracle at Richfield team [of 1975-76] that came back. I shook every single one of their hands. That will be us. That will be us talking about our championship team and waving to the crowd and stuff like that.Im appreciative of it. I wish I could share a lot of my emotions of how I really felt about it, because it meant a great deal to myself and my family and as well as to the city of Cleveland. Im just truly thankful to be in this position and now I get to go for a gold medal. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Lane-Taylor-Jersey/ . Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Lance-Kendricks-Jersey/ . The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said hed like to play the outfield. Yankees manager Joe Girardi says hes thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Ray-Nitschke-Jersey/ . -- About a third of the way through the regular season, the Washington Wizards are at . ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NBA remains the best among its professional sports peers when it comes diversity hiring.According to the report released Thursday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NBA received an A-plus for the second year in a row for racial hiring and dropped to a B in gendering hiring practices. The leagues overall grade of A was its eighth in row as the NBA scored higher than other professional sports league in all three categories.Reports are also issued on the NFL, MLB, MLS, WNBA and college sports.The NBA has been the leaders in pretty much both areas since weve been doing the report card and they are still ahead of everybody even in gender, said Richard Lapchick, who authors the Racial and Gender Report Card released by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. The NFL had a C-plus last year and MLB had a C-plus. MLS is the only one close with a B but they only had 80.1 points as opposed to the 83.7 the NBA has got. College sport was the worst of all with 78.8 points with a C-plus.Even in maintaining the best stands, the NBA did some dips in diversity hiring practices with the biggest coming in gender hiring. The NBA went from a B-plus grade in gendering hiring in 2015 to a B this year with drops coming at the team levels and senior leadership positions. In 2015, the NBA scored 88 points but this year only received 83.7 points on the report card.Women comprised 39.6 percent of all professionals in the NBA league offices in this past season, which was slightly down from 40.9 percent iin 2015. http://www.packersrookiestore.com/Packers-Bryan-Bulaga-Jersey/. But women continued to hold just a small percentage of team vice president positions, comprising just 21.5 percent of the team vice president titles. Still, there were five women who served as team presidents/CEO during the 2015-6 season, which is the highest of any mens professional sport.The fact there was sort of slippage with the NBA, not only was the grade low but there was actually a decline in the grade is definitely an area of concern, Lapchick said of the overall dip in gendering hiring. I think its particularly an area concern at the team level and senior leadership positions.The NBA, which is the first sports league to have two minorities as majority owners, also had small loses in the number of head coaches and general managers of color this year. The number of general managers went from six in 2014-15 to just four this past season. The head coaching ranks were comprised of 30 percent of men of color, as opposed to 33.3 percent at the end of the 2014-15 season.This past season began with nine head coaches of color but while some minority coaches lost their jobs during the season that number remained at nine at the end of the season.The NBA has gotten it for a long time, including the general manager position, although this year they were down at the general manager position, Lapchick said. They have been far and away the leader of all of the sports in those areas. 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