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Insider Reveals Who LeBron Was With When Kyrie Called Him

LeBron James holding a microphone on Media Day.

EL SEGUNDO, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the media during the Los Angeles Lakers Media Day at the UCLA Health Training Center on September 24, 2018 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach great heights as a franchise but didn't always see eye-to-eye while doing so. It looks like Irving has taken responsibility for his role in that disconnect.

This week, Kyrie revealed to reporters that he called LeBron after a recent game to apologize for his approach as a younger player. As a veteran leader on the Boston Celtics, Irving is in the position James found himself in in Cleveland.

The veteran point guard now understands how tough it can be getting a group to buy in.

The Athletic's Joe Vardon revealed an even more interesting tidbit about Irving's phone call to LeBron. When it happened, LeBron was out to dinner in Los Angeles...with Kevin Love. Love, James and Irving were teammates in Cleveland, combining to win the 2016 NBA Finals, the first championship in Cavs' franchise history.

Vardon's full story is worth the read. He goes in-depth not only on the Kyrie-LeBron phone call, but on the nature of their relationship and some background on their time in Cleveland.

It seems like this situation is a prime example of the old adage that "you don't know what you got 'til it's gone." At least Irving seemingly learned this lesson while he still has a chance to have a major impact as a player and a leader.