LeBron James disappointed in Kyrie Irving

LeBron James says he was “hurt” by Kyrie Irving’s October comments suggesting Irving’s current teammate, Kevin Durant, is the first teammate he’d “trust,” as much as himself, to take big shots at the end of games.

The Los Angeles Lakers star and newly crowned NBA champion finally addressed Irving’s remarks on Monday, months after the point guard for the Brooklyn Nets shared a podcast with Durant in which he said he was the first clutch teammate he has ever played with.

“The whole time when I was there, I only wanted to see him be an MVP of our league,” said James. “I only cared about his success. And it just didn’t align. It just didn’t align. And we were able to win a championship [in 2016]. That’s the craziest thing. We were still able to win a championship, and we could never align. But I only cared about his well-being, both on and off the floor. And it kind of hurt me a little bit.”

James added that he went back to Cleveland in 2014 after two championship titles with the Miami Heat partly in the belief that he and Irving would deliver a title to his home team.

“When I saw it and read it and then I got the full transcript and I heard it, I was like, ‘Man, go,’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me,”” said James.

Irving later insisted that he hadn’t singled James out and said:”If I’m addressing anyone, I’ll say their name.”

Instead he refused to talk directly to the media last week, giving a statement instead “to ensure that my message is conveyed properly.”

“I felt like I was the best option on every team I played for down the stretch,” said Irving.

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