Kyrie is all grown up and now realizing the error of his ways.
Kyrie got what he wanted when he forced the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him away, which landed him with the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017. That was a team that was primed to let him do his thing and be the man.
James has since taken his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers while Kyrie and the Celtics are no doubt a talented group, but have troubles being consistent.
Following a win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, Irving spoke to the media about his comments on his teammates “lacking experience” following a bad loss to the Orlando Magic. He then revealed that he had to call LeBron and apologize for how he used to act and not realize how tough it is to be a leader to younger players.
“I’ll tell you one thing, and obviously this is something that … it was a big deal for me because I had to call Bron and tell him, like, ‘I apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips, and I wanted everything to be at my threshold, I wanted to be the guy to lead us to championships, I wanted to be the leader,’” Irving said. “I wanted to be all that and the responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading the team is not meant for many people. Born was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and really tried to show us what it was like to win a championship, and it was hard for him, and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world.
“Like I said, only few are meant for it or chosen for it, and I felt like the best person to call was him, because he’s been in this situation, he’s been there with me where I’ve been the young guy of being the 22-year-old kid wanting everything, wanting everything right now, coming off an All-Star year, starting, then this heck of a presence comes back and now I gotta adjust my game to this guy,” Irving continued. “You take it personal, but at the end of the day, he just wants what’s best and he has a legacy he wants to leave, and he has a window he wants to capture, so I think what that brought me back to was, like, ‘Alright, how do I get the best out of this group, the success they had last year, and then helping them realize what it takes to win a championship?’”