Kevin Durant Says Kyrie Irving “Showed a Lot of Courage” by Forcing Cavs to Trade Him

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A lot of people around the NBA thought Kyrie Irving was crazy for demanding the Cavs trade him. Why wouldn’t you want to go to the NBA Finals every year? Why wouldn’t you want to play alongside one of the greatest players of all time?

Kevin Durant can sympathize with Kyrie, though. He knows all about taking his own path and making unpopular decisions.

Durant talked about Kyrie’s situation during Thursday’s episode of the The Bill Simmons Podcast, saying he respects the point guard for going out and getting what he wanted.

“He did what he was supposed to do in Cleveland. It’s on to the next chapter,” Durant said “I can really appreciate what he did. He stood up for himself. He showed a lot of courage, because it’s hard to take that type of criticism when you just want to play ball.”

Durant went on to offer his take on why someone might get tired of playing with LeBron.

“When you’re around LeBron James, there’s so much that comes with that,” Durant explained. “There’s so much outside distraction and conversations and just noise that comes from being around LeBron James. And Kyrie’s at the point like, ‘Alright, we lost the championship, this whole season’s gonna be about if LeBron’s gonna leave or not. I’m ready for a new challenge.’

“It just felt like he wanted a situation where he could just be free from all of that, and just play. And it’s a perfect system for him in Boston.”

KD makes some pretty good points if you ask me.

Of course, it also takes courage to stand up and tell people that you think the earth is flat. That doesn’t mean you aren’t still an idiot.

Hat Tip – [theScore]

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