Kyrie Irving will never divulge why he left Cavs: ‘That’s not what grown-ups do’
Kyrie Irving on Tuesday refused to divulge the exact reasons why he orchestrated his way off the Cleveland Cavaliers this past offseason. More than that, the new Boston Celtic indicated he will never do so. Why? Because “that’s not what grown-ups do,” says Irving.
The Celtics and Cavaliers square off in a highly anticipated opening night showdown Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. The schedule makers obviously could not have come up with a better way to kick-off the 2017-18 NBA season, what with Irving making such a quick return to the town he spurned with his trade demand.
Even with things set up in such an intriguing manner, don’t expect Irving to suddenly reveal why he left Cleveland in the first place.
Kyrie Irving asked why he wanted a trade out of Cleveland: "I will never pinpoint anything because that’s not what real grown-ups do.” pic.twitter.com/5ZTjuLJtde
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) October 17, 2017
Irving’s entire explanation regarding why he’ll never publicly address why he demanded a trade follows, with him saying of the rampant speculation, “I kind of want to put that to rest in terms of everyone figuring out or trying to continue to dive into a narrative they have no idea about and probably will never, ever be divulged because it’s not important.”
Kyrie Irving is done talking about why he wanted out of Cleveland. Even though he never really did say why. pic.twitter.com/gJBRWeFwJr
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) October 17, 2017
The prevailing belief once Irving’s trade demand surfaced was that he more than anything simply wanted to step out of LeBron James’ sizable shadow. Irving, as was the case Tuesday, has refused to confirm whether that presumed narrative is accurate, nor if it had any real impact whatsoever. In fact, Irving isn’t saying of substance about it.
In the end, what’s done is done. And given what Irving had to say Tuesday, perhaps no one will ever truly know what motivated his desired and ultimately achieved exodus out of Cleveland.
After all, as Irving previously said of returning to The Land so early on in the season for Tuesday night’s heavily hyped game at The Q, “It’s just hoops.”