The glow around Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was never brighter than at this time last year, during All-Star weekend.

That was when Irving dazzled with 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge before going on to take home the winning trophy in the 3-point contest and making his All-Star game debut, in which he scored 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting.

The headlines were flattering. “Just the Beginning for Kyrie Irving,” one read. “It’s Kyrie Irving’s World; Soon We’ll All be Living in It,” another said. Irving himself wanted the awards to be a reflection on the progress made by his team. “Everything I do at All-Star Weekend is dedicated to the Cavaliers organization,” he said.

Ah, but much can happen in a year. Irving is learning that the hard way. Despite heightened expectations, centering largely on optimism about Irving’s potential for growth, things have not gone well in Cleveland.

“For me, I don’t pay attention to anybody’s expectations,” Irving said here on Friday. “For me, it is more about what me and my teammates feel in that locker room. There have been ups and downs, but that is part of the NBA season.

"Everybody put their expectations on us, but I feel like some of us just put too much pressure on ourselves, including me. I put the burden on my shoulders, I do take responsibility for the team and being the leader.”

The Cavaliers are just 20-33, and almost every move they’ve made in the past year has not panned out.