Chauncey Billups says Kyrie Irving drama ‘didn’t really surprise’ him
Chauncey Billups, who interviewed last month for the then-vacant Cleveland Cavaliers general manager position, admitted during an interview Tuesday the bombshell reports concerning Kyrie Irving’s trade demands “didn’t really surprise” him.
Billups, who ultimately withdrew his name from consideration for the open Cavs GM position, said on the “Vic Lombardi Show” on Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver that he was fully aware of Irving’s unhappiness during the interview process.
“As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing,” Billups said, as transcribed by Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know. But it’s unfortunate because he’s a special talent and in my opinion so much of what he’s been able to accomplish on and off the floor, he’s been a beneficiary of having LeBron James.”
Billups expressed surprise over Irving’s trade demands, calling it “alarming” given the great position Cleveland is in having championship aspirations ever single season.
“I just don’t get it, but everyone has their own desires,” Billups said of Irving.
Simply stated, Billups cannot make heads or tails of it.
“He’s won a championship already and maybe he’s saying, ‘I won a championship and I did this and I did that.’ Maybe he wants to be Russell Westbrook and go try to win MVP and get all the shots,” Billups added. “That’s the only sense I can make of it and to me that doesn’t make sense because all I cared about was winning. That’s the only sense I can make out of it.”
The Irving drama — something even NBA commissioner Adam Silver felt compelled to weigh in on — without question is now the biggest story line of an already-frenetic NBA offseason. With new details surfacing constantly — including James himself now weighing in on the saga via Twitter — there appears to be no end in sight. That is, until Irving is dealt, if that every ultimately happens.