It's not a secret that one of Kyrie Irving's reasons for demanding a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers last year was because he didn't want to play under LeBron James' shadow anymore. It appears that the Lakers star couldn't care less about it as he says that it's not his problem if Kyrie didn't want to play with him.
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic wrote about LeBron's return to his hometown, including the four-time MVP's comments on the infamous Irving trade.
But multiple sources have told The Athletic in the past year that Irving’s issues stemmed from no longer wanting to play alongside James and not wanting to be stuck with a roster built for James after he departed.
“That’s not my problem. If that’s the case, that’s definitely not my problem,” James told me late Wednesday. “I never felt like I didn’t want to play with him. The only thing I tried to do is give him whatever I could and more.”
With Irving now with the Celtics and LeBron the Lakers, many still wonder what could have been if Kyrie stayed in Ohio for another championship run. Reports surfaced last week saying that Cavs GM Koby Altman told James that his sidekick won't be traded, only to find the team shipping out their All-Star point guard for an injured Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a 1st-round draft pick that turned out to be rookie Colin Sexton.
But even with a roster that was revamped multiple times in just a single season, James was still able to lead the Cavaliers on the cusp of winning the championship. Nevertheless, with LeBron now on the Lakers, none of this actually matters.