The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to fire shots across the now-not-bearded bow of former teammate Kyrie Irving.
The latest came from big man Tristan Thompson, who suggested that he he hadn’t caught a lob pass from a point guard since the team last employed backup Matthew Dellavedova in 2015-16.
Thompson is excited to be paired with D Wade at the point. “I haven’t had a lob since Delly.”
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) October 3, 2017
Such shade has been thrown by LeBron James and Co. ever since the Cavs granted Irving’s trade request by sending him to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, rookie big man Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, and a second-rounder.
Last week, J.R. Smith suggested the team is better off without Irving.
J.R. Smith on the post-Kyrie Cavs: “I expect us to be better than last year … this is the most deep we’ve ever been since I’ve been here”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) September 28, 2017
This is an echo of a sentiment laid out by LeBron at Cavs media day last week, when he noted that the team is more well-rounded after the trade with the Celtics.
“I don’t think anybody in the organization saw this coming,” LeBron said. “It was definitely a shock, but we did a great job, like I said, [general manager Koby Altman] and the guys in the front office, putting together a great package for our team to be as complete as we’ve been in a long time. That’s what I’m truly excited about.”
Days after Irving’s request, James posted a video on Instagram of himself listening to Meek Mill’s “Heavy Heart.”
The lyrics suggest this was also shade partially directed at Irving:
N****s ain’t thorough like I always thought,
Damn, the game left me with a heavy heart (heavy heart),
The streets left me with a heavy heart (heavy heart),
N****s said they with you when they really not (really not),
N****s plot on everything you got (everything you got).
Here’s yet another reminder that the Celtics and Cavaliers open their seasons against each other on October 17.