LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn't have the best of relationships during their time on the Cleveland Cavaliers. That much is obvious now, considering Irving demanded a trade out of Cleveland last summer.
The two remain cordial whenever they see each other, dapping one another up while they're on the court together, but their relationship in Cleveland appeared to be extremely rocky.
New details of LeBron and Kyrie's relationship have been revealed by Cavs' insiders.
Cleveland's top three Cavs reporters - Dave McMenamin, Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd - did three hours of Cleveland radio on 92.3 earlier this week. They dove into several Cavs topics, including what LeBron and Kyrie's relationship was really like.
Some of the takeaways:
- Kyrie didn't want LeBron to come back in the first place, scoffing at the idea that the Cavs needed him
- Kyrie was annoyed when reporters approached him with questions about LeBron
- Kyrie went several games without talking to his teammates during a playoff run
"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,'" Lloyd said.
Irving was so unhappy that he actually considered asking for a trade after the Cavs won the NBA Finals in 2016.
"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," McMenamin said.
LeBron and Kyrie are both getting a fresh start now and they're doing it in different conferences. James is on the Lakers and Irving is on the Celtics. We'll get a couple of Boston-Los Angeles games during the 2018-19 season. Perhaps at some point we'll get that matchup in the NBA Finals.