Friday, June 24, 2011

It should be safe to buy a Kyrie Irving jersey

For the past year, about the only jerseys a Cleveland sports fan was safe picking up were Shin-Soo Choo's No. 17 and Asdrubal Cabrera's No. 13.

It appears safe that a wine-and-gold Kyrie Irving model will be in style for at least three years.

Before last July, Grady Sizemore or LeBron James editions could be found by the closet-full. But Sizemore was injured and James bolted, leaving Northeast Ohioans in a sports fashion quandary.

- Browns players: Forget it. The roster turns over every 18 months. Joe Haden would be your best bet now. I wouldn't include Colt McCoy or Peyton Hillis. Either could be a perennial Pro Bowler for the next five years. They could also be the next Brady Quinn/Derek Anderson and Jamal Lewis/Reuben Droughns. Perhaps Joe Thomas, but I don't see a lot of people sporting offensive linemen jerseys.

- Indians: Choo and Cabrera appear as if they'll be around for a while. Probably Chris Perez and Carlos Santana, too. Other than that, you're gambling or buying a jersey of someone who doesn't reach the top of the star totem pole.

- Cavaliers: Name a player besides Irving and Tristan Thompson who will definitely be on the team past next year.

Factor in that the Cavs introduced new jerseys last year, and you should be safe with an Irving No. 15 for a few years to come.

- Howard Primer

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