Kyrie Irving Didn’t Tell LeBron He Wanted Out Of Cleveland And Doesn’t Care If James Was Offended
Kyrie Irving appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” on Monday morning and was grilled about his decision to demand a trade out of Cleveland. While fielding questions from Stephen A. Smith, Kyrie explained his uncomfortable departure from with very little emotion and gave few behind-the-scenes details on the reason he left the Cavs for the Boston Celtics.
Irving was asked by Smith if he informed LeBron James of his desire to exit and he said, “No.” He was pressed again and asked, “Why not?” Irving replied, “Why would I have to?”
Irving elaborated on his decision:
“I don’t think 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 tirade anybody or to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the time I spent there. It’s nothing about that. There comes a time where you mature as an individual, it’s time to make that decision. and there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save somebody’s feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do.”