While his name continues to be tossed around free agency rumors, Irving was seen in Los Angeles last Wednesday. The video has to be taken with a grain of salt because many NBA players visit the city throughout the offseason but the Lakers could be looking to reunite James and Irving, especially because they’re friends again.
Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press reported that on January 16 Irving called James to “apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips.”
“He’s been in this situation, been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, been the 22-year-old kid, wanting everything, wanting everything right now. The responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading a team is something that’s not meant for many people.
And Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to really show us what it’s like to win a championship. And it was hard for him. Sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world. Fewer are meant for it or chosen for it. And I felt like the best person to call was him.”
Irving asked for a trade from the Cavaliers because he didn’t want to play in James’ shadow but now he has a newfound respect for him after experiencing first hand the burden of leading a team.
cuffsthelegend posted a photoshopped image of Kyrie Irving wearing a Lakers jersey on Instagram and LeBron James liked it.
There’s not much meaning behind this but it does reveal that James would welcome his former teammate in Cleveland with open arms.
Irving’s focus and leadership in this year’s NBA Playoffs was questioned, particularly in the second round series against the Bucks. He averaged 21.3 points, 7.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 36.7 minutes over nine playoff games but he shot just 38.5 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from 3-point range.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, LeBron James has been in contact with Irving: “I think Kyrie is considering the Lakers… I know he’s in touch with LeBron & LeBron’s gonna make a run to recruit him.”
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