Kyrie Irving Reportedly Wants More Touches, Special Treatment Like LeBron James
The drama that is the Cleveland Cavaliers reached another new low when Kyrie Irving not only requested that he be traded to another team, but stated he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James anymore—the same guy that turned Irving’s Cavs from a last place team into three-time NBA Finalist and 2016 NBA Champs.
But much like Kobe Bryant wanting to escape the Robin role to Shaquille O’Neal’s Batman years ago, Kyrie wants the same exact thing for himself now as ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst all explained.
“Irving was tired of being Robin to James’ Batman. Tired of having another superstar — even one of the best players of all time — in control of his fate. Yes, he had learned from James in the three seasons they’d played together. Yes, he was appreciative. But Irving felt the time had come to take his destiny into his own hands. He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team, as he thought he was going to be three years ago, when he signed a five-year extension 11 days before James decided to come home.
Over the previous few months, the Cavs had been worried about Irving’s mindset. They knew at times he’d grown unhappy with playing a secondary role on the team. Griffin had several conversations with Irving throughout the year, sources said, trying to find ways to improve the situation. But Irving had become irritated before, the side effects of James’ greatness — and largesse — wearing on him. The Cavs had been able to navigate it, and they hoped to again.”
They went on to explain the things that James’ does that irritated Irving the most—one of those things being how LeBron dominated the ball.
“Much of Irving’s disenchantment with James was rooted in game play, sources said. James, as a once-in-a-lifetime talent, controlled the ball more than any other forward perhaps in league history. Which means the ball was out of Irving’s hands more than he preferred.”
Kyrie’s issues with James aren’t limited to the court. They apparently extend off the court, as he would like to receive the same type of special treatment James receives from the organization.
“But there were ancillary issues that bothered Irving, too, such as how James’ good friend Randy Mims had a position on the Cavs’ staff and traveled on the team plane while none of Irving’s close friends were afforded the same opportunity. Irving chafed about how peers such as Damian Lillard and John Wall were the center of their franchises and catered to accordingly. There’s irony there, as Wall was envious of Irving’s Nike shoe deal and Lillard has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. Irving has been to three Finals and has a championship.”
It seems as if the Cavs and Irving will be headed towards a nasty divorce.