Emotional LeBron James Was Left ‘Hurt’ by Bold Kyrie Irving Snubbing of Cavaliers in Favor of Kevin Durant

Published 06/20/2022, 1:40 PM EDT
CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers high five against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The latest news regarding Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will certainly please all LeBron James fans. According to reports, the Nets and Irving can part ways, with the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks keeping tabs on the former NBA champion.

This might set the stage for a potential LeBron and Kyrie reunion. Interestingly enough, when Irving snubbed LeBron in the past, it left King James “hurt”.

While talking on Kevin Durant’s podcast, Irving talked about how in Brooklyn, anyone could take the last shot. Moreover, he said that he was the best option on every team he played for. This left LeBron hurt.


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James said, “I played with Kyrie for three seasons. The whole time while I was there, I only wanted to see him be [the] MVP of our league. I only cared about his success.”

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) return to the locker room after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Cleveland defeated Golden State 112-97. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)

LeBron added, “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 kinda hurt me a little bit.


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Having played an important part of his career in the Cleveland Cavaliers and with LeBron, Kyrie could have chosen his words better.

How good were LeBron James and Kyrie Irving together?

One of the biggest achievements in LeBron James’ career is the 2016 NBA title win with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs were 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors, and the comeback was more than legendary. Alongside LeBron, Kyrie Irving put in some of his best performances to win the title.


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James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists during the finals. On the other hand, Kyrie averaged 27.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists against the Warriors in the 2016 finals. (Source: Statmuse)

The duo broke up when LeBron joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 and Kyrie Irving joined the Boston Celtics in 2017.


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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.