Kyrie Feels He Doesn’t ‘Owe’ Explanation to Lebron about Trade Request
By Brandon Simmons
This summer, the NBA world was shook when guard Kyrie Irving declared he wanted to break from Lebron James’ shadow and start fresh on a new team. What resulted was a blockbuster trade that sent Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Isiah Thomas and forward Jae Crowder. Leading up to the trade there was plenty of speculation of a rift between James and Irving. On Monday, Irving decided to let that speculation finally die out. He went on ESPN’s First Take to set the record straight about the league’s latest “beef”, and that it was always about growing his skillset.
“I’m looking forward to becoming something that I’ve always envisioned myself being, that’s being a complete point guard on a great team. I want to be able to come off pick and rolls and be able to dissect the defense,” explained Irving. “I’m not just this one-on-one individual that wants to go one-on-one every single time down. That’s not how I appreciate the game.”
He did address the comments he made at his introductory press conference, when he claims that he did not tell James about the trade request before going public with it.
“I don’t think that you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life. It’s not anything personal. … I’m not here to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the times that I spent there.”
Kyrie Irving and Lebron James have dominated the Eastern Conference for the last 3 seasons, each resulting in trips to the NBA Finals. Drafted number one overall by the Cavaliers in 2011, Irving did not enjoy any postseason success until James’ arrival in 2014, but was always considered an offensive force to reckon with. Alongside the newly-signed Gordon Heyward, he will definitely have his opportunity to show what he can do without a dominant player leading the way.
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