Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I’m the one they call “Optimist” – and by now, you nerds know full-well that an offseason Friday can only mean another delivery of that little bundle of joy we like to call NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE.

Sometimes, on a Friday, you can sense that the pending weekend is going to completely rock your socks off. And that’s the vibe I’m getting today.

The weather is beginning to turn. The Tribe is in first place. We’re square with Big Worm and Deebo. Life is good.

Season Overview: One of the key words reiterated all season long by Byron Scott was “opportunity.” Transactions, injuries and ineffective play provided plenty of that precious NBA commodity in 2011-12.

And for the second straight season, the player who made the most of his opportunity was forward Alonzo Gee.

You could say that Kyrie Irving’s journey from a teenager who’d played 11 college games to the NBA’s Rookie of the Year began the night the Cavaliers took him with the No. 1 pick in June or when he first reported to Training Camp. Or maybe when he scored 14 points in the first half of his first preseason game as a pro in Detroit.

But as Irving accepted the award on Tuesday morning at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence – becoming just the second Cavalier in franchise history to do so – he pinpointed another moment in his freshman campaign.