Kyrie Irving not the least bit interested in LeBron James' feelings

Kyrie Irving on if he spoke to LeBron before requesting a trade: 'Why would I have to?'

It's a theme he addressed when he was introduced in Boston and in a video he posted thanking the city of Cleveland.

The internet responded to Irving's comments regarding James and how the trade unfolded.

"Like I said, I was very patient within those moments, because I knew the importance wasn't in my ego", Irving said, while adding he did ask himself if the Cavaliers were right for him.

Asked if he let James know that he was seeking to leave, Irving said, "Why would I have to?"

The 25-year-old said he kept things professional with the Cavs throughout the process but was hurt by the manner in which the news of his trade request came out.

And while he acknowledges that James might take that lack of communication personally, Irving really does not care.




Smith asked the point guard if he had spoken to James before deciding to ask the Cavs for a trade during the offseason.

Irving served as James's sidekick since the latter's return to Cleveland in 2014.

Irving did go on to give a more thoughtful response. I'm not here to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland.

"I felt like, when I was coming into that environment, there were times when my energy was just a little off, and I just had to figure that out", Irving said. It just, there comes a time when you mature as an individual. There is no looking back from that standpoint. "There is no time to figure out how to save someone's feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do". It wasn't me not wanting to win. "And that was the only intent that I have in all this".

Irving, who is now a four-time All Star and National Basketball Association champion at the young age of 25, had a short list of teams that he preferred to play for in the event of a trade, including the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat (to name a few).

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