The relationship between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving was strained in Cleveland. However, it might have been in trouble before it started.
A new report claims Irving never wanted James to come back to Cleveland in the first place in 2014. Irving would rather have tried to win by himself.
This news comes courtesy of a round table discussion between a trio of Cleveland Cavaliers’ beat writers–The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. and Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
Lloyd: “It has been made clear to me by multiple people, Kyrie never really wanted LeBron to come back (to Cleveland) in the first place. He didn’t think it was necessary. LeBron said something to Kyrie on the court following a game when he was with Miami something to the effect of, ‘Keep going, keep doing what you’re doing. You never know, I could be back here one day.’ And Kyrie basically said, ‘What’s he talking about, we don’t need him.’”
McMenamin: “Kyrie and his camp considered asking for a trade after the championship. They decided to keep it in house and not go forward with it, but it was something they discussed.”
If this is true, well, Irving looks foolish. Sure, it makes sense there would be some friction between the two, as their often is between talented players.
But LeBron is the best in the world at what he does. You absolutely want him on your team to help you win, 100 times out of 100.
You can listen to the rest of the round table segment below.
[ CBS Sports ]