Why Kyrie Irving Will Never Really be Pleased Wherever He Goes
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were once an inseparable duo comparable to Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, or Corey and Sean from Boy Meets World. Now, their relationship consists of a series of passive-aggressive shots at each other over social media.
And although LeBron is used to the enormous attention, this is something new for Kyrie. And this attention is primarily the reason Kyrie wants out of Cleveland. Kyrie has lacked attention ever since LeBron decided to come home and the main reason he wants to play for another team.
He is tired off playing second fiddle to LeBron both on the court and off the court and is ready to take on the lead role in the play.
However, Kyrie himself might just be unsure of what he really wants. And for this very reason, he will not be pleased wherever he goes. NBA legends such as Charles Barkley and Chauncey Billups have not been shy to criticize Kyrie for wanting to leave Cleveland. They believe that Kyrie should be happy to be playing with such a generational talent in LeBron.
LeBron is arguably the most unselfish superstar across all major sports and riding alongside him is basically a ticket to the Finals.
However, Kyrie Irving does not seem to have the same logic. At the age of 25 and with already one ring under his belt, Kyrie believes it is the best time to venture out on his own. His desire to leave Cleveland seems to be a combination of three reasons.
First, he wants to be the best player on a team. Second, he believes that LeBron will depart in free agency next year. Third, he is not happy that LeBron tried to supposedly ship him in a deal for Chris Paul.
This frustration stemming from the combination of these reasons has seemed to confuse Kyrie. He himself does not know what he really wants. The only thing he does know is that he wants out of Cleveland.
The Former Duke Blue Devil stated four teams that he would be happy to play for. These four teams were the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks.
These four teams do not seem to have a common factor. It appears that Kyrie just simply listed four teams that he would have fun playing with and teams in which he could play a major role.
It seems that all four teams will not fully please Kyrie Irving based on what he wants. In essence, his ideal scenario looks something like being the main guy on a team that wins championships or at the very least competes for championships. He wants to be appreciated and he wants to win.
I believe that this scenario is unlikely in all four teams. The Spurs and Timberwolves already have franchise centerpieces that arguably have more skills than Kyrie.
Therefore, if Kyrie were to go to the Spurs, he would be playing second fiddle to Kawhi Leonard. If Kyrie were to go to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he would be second in command to Karl-Anthony Towns. As for the Miami Heat, Dion Waiters does not seem ready to relinquish his role as lead dog and we saw how great it went when Kyrie and Waiters were paired in a background together.
The Knicks Scenario does not seem like it is likely to work out either as I do not think a team with Kyrie as its best player would find much playoff success in the Big Apple. Eventually, I think this would make Kyrie frustrated. Recent reports have suggested that Kyrie is unwilling to commit long-term to any team. So you’re telling me that you want to play for four teams but are unwilling to even commit to those four teams?
To call Kyrie’s off-season crazy would be understatement. Kyrie’s desires to leave Cleveland come completely out of left-field.
Kyrie Irving has completely changed his league wide image from a mature, clutch, team player to an immature kid that comes off as spoiled, petty and self-centred.
He is like the child in his or her 30’s that still lives at home. He does not want to tackle all responsibilities head on, but at the same time does not want to be treated as a child.
You cannot have the best of both worlds.
In order to earn superstar privileges that LeBron supposedly has, you must be a superstar on the court. Kyrie has yet to show that his teams can have success with him as the main guy.
Ultimately, Kyrie hurt his image. I still appreciate him as an offensive assassin but I would be lying to say that I am as big of a fan of him as I once was.
And although I appreciate his desire to be a lead guy in an era where everyone wants to team up, he is not going about it the right way. In addition, he has plenty of time to be the lead guy once LeBron grows old.
Perhaps, Kyrie believes that this might not happen any time soon.
Is Kyrie being petty? Does LeBron deserve more hate? Will Kyrie continue to complain once he’s shipped. What would you say if you were part of Cavaliers management?