Whether or not you believe Kyrie Irving’s public reasoning for his requested—and granted—departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers, one thing is clear: He didn’t give a damn how LeBron James felt about it.
In an interview with First Take on Monday, the new Boston Celtics point guard said he didn’t give his teammate a heads up before making his request for a trade.
“Why not?” asked Stephen A. Smith.
“Why would I have to?” Irving responded.
Smith then noted, “If you don’t speak to somebody about it they might take it personally.”
“Yeah,” Kyrie said.
“Do you care about that at all?”
Irving then launched into a soliloquy in which he claimed his only motivation for his decision to request a trade was that he wanted to be “extremely, extremely happy” and “perfecting his craft”:
I don’t think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life. It’s not anything personal, I’m not here to tirade anybody or to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the time I spent there. It’s nothing about that. There comes a time where you mature as an individual, it’s time to make that decision. and there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save somebody’s feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do.
LeBron, meanwhile, couldn’t be bothered. As he has a habit of doing, the Cavs star dropped a Snapchat—with his remaining All-Star teammate, Kevin Love—that just so happened to imply he was paying no attention to potential distractions.
The NBA season starts in 28 days, with Irving’s Celtics visiting LeBron’s Cavs.