Kyrie Irving disputes report alleging he’s unhappy in Cleveland
Kyrie Irving downplayed a recent report that alleged he’s unhappy playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers following the team’s 100-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
The allegations, made ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Monday’s edition of “First Take,” suggest that Irving “dating back to last year” hasn’t been “too happy being in Cleveland.”
Irving essentially made the case in the locker room after the Cavaliers’ victory that the entire story is much ado about nothing.
“There’s nothing to really address,” Irving said, via Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “Obviously there’s going to be some misunderstandings, it’s part of being on a team. For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what’s going on and how I feel about things.
“For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they’re going to pick one player and it’s going to change every single week,” Irving said. “When they think that we’re down and out, they’re going to choose one player. For me, it has no effect on my life or what’s going on. It’s all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland.”
The Cavaliers had dropped three of four games before Monday’s big win with Irving struggling mightily in Friday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, scoring 10 points while dishing out only one assist.
The Cavs point guard has struggled in his role as playmaker, too, as he attempts to return from a fractured kneepcap, something that prevented him from playing in a game until Dec. 20. He is averaging only 4.4 assists per game, much to the reported chagrin of LeBron James, who has addressed the issues “behind the scenes,” writes Fedor.
James claims he didn’t hear about Smith’s report until it was brought up Monday night.
“Those are just talks and reports. … I’ve been around it so long, I don’t really get involved with it too much,” he said. “… I don’t think it affected Kyrie or affected our team. I don’t think he [knew about it]. I didn’t know about it, so, I’m just now hearing about it.”