Kyrie Irving on All-Star Game vote: Others are more deserving than I am

Kyrie Irving said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry deserved his spot on the All-Star Game roster.
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving did not express any frustration about being left off the NBA All-Star Game roster when he spoke to reporters on Thursday, according to CBS Sports.

Irving, 23, was selected for the past three All-Star games and was voted MVP of the 2014 game. However, in the last round of this year’s voting Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry surpassed Irving to secure a spot on the roster.

“He deserves it,” Irving said of Lowry.

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Lowry, 29, is in his 10th NBA season and was voted to his first All-Star Game last year. In 42 games this season, Lowry is averaging 20.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.

After his recovery from the knee injury he sustained during last year’s NBA Finals, Irving has played in just 15 games this season and is averaging 16.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

“There are people more deserving than I am,” Irving said.

The All-Star Game will be played on Feb. 14 in Toronto.

- Erin Flynn