Kyrie Irving has not played a game since Game 1 of the NBA Finals last June when he suffered a fractured left kneecap. He is set to make his season debut today when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the team has still been performing well and LeBron James has had no problem carrying the Cavaliers to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Earlier Saturday, Kyrie tweeted “I’m back” which showed that he is ready to make his return. In an interview on Saturday he said, “I’m pretty F’ing excited. There were a few things I had to clear, but there was no rush on it.. I’ve been ready to play, but biomechanically we just wanted to make sure everything was good so I wouldn’t put myself at risk.”
Since Kyrie’s injury, the average ticket prices for Cleveland Cavaliers games dropped about 35% from $191 in the beginning of June, to $124 in December according to SeatGeek. Hopefully his return will increase the value of Cavaliers tickets again.
On the flip side however, the performance of Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has increased the value of Knicks tickets. Who is he you may ask? Kristaps is a 20 year-old rookie who played for Cajasol Sevilla before entering the NBA Draft and being selected as the fourth overall pick. He is originally from Latvia and his parents were also basketball players. He stands at 7’3″ and weighs 240 pounds.
I actually found that my Knicks tickets were going for higher prices than my Cavaliers tickets were. Since the end of last season, Knicks tickets have increased by about 15% and Porzingis is just getting started. The Knicks are certainly doing better than they were last season, and fans have some hope that he could be the help the team has been looking for.
Porzingis is not only affecting ticket prices, his jersey is flying off the racks! On NBAStore.com, Fanatics.com, and Modells.com, Porzingis’ Men’s away jersey is no longer available online in sizes other than 2X and up. It’s not yet clear when more jerseys will be available (I’m hoping soon), but this just shows that he is clearly a fan favorite.
Coincidentally, Kyrie and Kristaps will be facing each other on December 23rd when the Knicks take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland. This game should be a fun one to watch and it will be the last game the Knicks have until after Christmas, which is the first time in years that they haven’t had a game on Christmas Day. The Cavaliers however, will be playing on Christmas Day as mentioned in my last post when they take on the Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch.
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