Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James admits he was “hurt” when Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving said Kevin Durant is the first teammate he’s had who can hit clutch shots.
James and Irving were teammates for three seasons on the Cleveland Cavaliers and played in three NBA Finals. The duo led the Cavs to the 2016 title over the Golden State Warriors in seven games, with Irving hitting the game-winning shot over Warriors guard Stephen Curry and James winning Finals MVP.
Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals thanks to LeBron and Irving. LeBron subsequently won another championship–his fourth–this past season with the Lakers.
Despite all the success they had on the court together, though, Irving supposedly didn’t enjoy playing with LeBron, who eventually went to the Lakers in the summer of 2018 as a free agent. Long before that happened, however, Uncle Drew requested a trade from the Cavs in 2017 and was traded to the Boston Celtics.
Now a four-time champion and starring for the Lakers, James told Richard Jefferson and Allie Clifton on Road Trippin that Irving’s clutch shots comments were hard to hear.
Damn… @kingjames addresses Kyrie’s statements made during the NBA Finals. SUBSCRIBE to get it when it drops @RoadTrippinPod @channingfrye @RealAClifton ✊🏾✊🏾. https://t.co/3t6kFNCOC4pic.twitter.com/KcHfjqkf91
— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) December 8, 2020
Kendall Capps ·
LeBron James has hit countless clutch shots in his career with the Cavs, Miami Heat and Lakers. Even though Kyrie Irving hit the biggest shot of the 2016 Finals between the Cavs and Warriors, it was rather insensitive for him to say those comments, especially since he never even made the playoffs in Cleveland before LeBron came back home in 2014.
NBA fans are certainly looking forward to the Lakers and Nets playing each other this season. Both teams are title contenders and could meet in the 2021 Finals. The star power of both teams will make the two Lakers-Nets games marquee attractions on the shortened 72-game schedule for the 2020-21 season.