By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Let’s be honest: Kyrie Irving is not a Boston Celtic if he could stand LeBron James for another season. But, he couldn’t, and after threatening to undergo knee surgery and miss the entire 2017-18 season if he was not traded, the 26-year-old landed in Boston as a Celtic.
Less than a year later, though, the Celtics are apparently on LeBron’s list of seven teams he’ll meet with this summer. Thus putting Irving back in a situation in which he has the possibility of being teammates with the ball-dominant talent he grew tired of in Cleveland yet again.
How would the 6-foot-3 guard handle that?
“In this business, I’ve kind of experienced it all and I’ve seen a lot,” Irving offered when asked about a potential reunion with LeBron. “So we’ll see what management decides.”
My question to #Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was if an opportunity presents itself for him to be reunited with Lebron James, would he be open to it or not interested. Here's his answer.@NBC10Boston pic.twitter.com/6K7tZ3iddH— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) June 12, 2018
A ringing endorsement, this was not.
On one hand, you can understand Irving’s non-answer of sorts. It’s obvious that he’s not the biggest fan of James and the sideshow he comes with, and it’s clear he has no interest in a public exchanging of words when it comes to his feelings on him. On the other hand, the two have managed to be cordial and embrace before and after their head-to-head meetings this season, sure. But that’s a lot different than spending a season’s worth of time together a year after a massive, franchise-altering (in the case of the Cavaliers) falling out.
There’s also probably something to the idea that Irving, who has raved about his ability to develop into a more complete player, doesn’t want to go back to being the No. 2 option behind James. Or cede his leadership role within the Boston locker room to the experienced James, who has been to eight straight NBA Finals (three with Irving), at the very least.
Irving, who can opt out of his contract next summer, mentioned that he has an ‘open dialogue’ with the coaching staff and management. He also made it a point to say that C’s management has yet to approach him about LeBron-to-Boston just yet.
All of this comes in the midst of Irving opting not to discuss his long-term future in town.
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