Why Are There Reports About Kyrie Irving Wanting To Leave The Cavaliers Now?
It seems there’s always something with the Cleveland Cavaliers, doesn’t it? From LeBron James’ reported beef with former head coach David Blatt to Kevin Love’s inability to find a real role on the team, the Cavaliers have dealt with their fair share of issues so far this season. Part of it is because there’s such a big spotlight shined on LeBron at all times, so media outlets need to constantly talk about something related to the team, even when there’s not much there. But the Cavaliers have also had some legitimate problems in recent months with regards to team chemistry. And it sounds like there’s yet another one now involving Kyrie Irving.
Irving is, without a doubt, one of the best point guards in the entire NBA. However, in recent weeks, he has done a poor job playing defense—just check the stats of some of the opposing point guards he has played against—and, according to reports, LeBron himself isn’t happy with the way Irving involves or, better yet, doesn’t involve his teammates on the offensive end of the court. That has led some NBA analysts to speculate about Irving’s future with the team, and there have been some rumors about him wanting to leave Cleveland at the end of the season. Last night, after a win against the Indiana Pacers, Irving was actually forced to address those rumors, even though he didn’t have a whole lot to say.
“There’s nothing to really address,” he said. “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, it’s going to change every single week. When they think that we’re down and out, they’re going to choose one player, so 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.”
That should be the end of that, right? If Irving says he’s OK with everything that’s going on, then so be it. But something tells us that won’t actually be the end of it. As long as the Cavaliers are winning, the negativity surrounding their team will die down. But when the losses start piling up, expect for the rumors and anonymous reports to pop up again. These days, it just seems to be the way things go in Cleveland.