[Souza] #Celtics Kyrie Irving on his time in Cleveland: they
didn't hand me the keys there. They shouldn't have. I was too young. I had to
learn to be a leader. I'd compete, but had to learn how to be competed against.
(Credited being teammates w/ LeBron James for helping him do that)
I thought these comments are interesting considering all the narratives going around about Kyrie and Cleveland, etc. Some people have said that he took shots at Cleveland, here it seems like he's putting some of the onus on himself to grow into that leadership role and develop and thanking his Cavs teammates for growing into that role
[–]76ersthemidnightmamba 950 指標 11小時前
A mature take
[–]grandmasterkif 238 指標 11小時前
Interesting how he talks about competed against. Never thought about it that way.
他说的“与别人竞争”（be competed against）这一点挺有意思的。我从来没有从这个角度想过。
[–]KnickedUp 53 指標 4小時前
Its probably a shock when you are always THE MAN... and then suddenly you are a very clear distant 2nd to one of the all time greatest. Everyone is in the shadow when playing with Lebron. Not easy for everyone to handle that.
[–]ThePhoenixJ 9 指標 4小時前
Can you ELI5? I don't really get what he means by that?
[–]Pistonsdrcash360-2ndaccount 17 指標 3小時前
He knew how to give his best shot but he had to learn about taking every one else's best shot and still being better than them. It's not good enough to put up big numbers in a loss
[–][OKC] Andre Robersontoshredsyousay1 525 指標 11小時前
Kyrie is just lucky he jumped ship before LeBron did and even luckier he was sent to Boston and not the Suns or Knicks.
[–]Sunstreytakzona 383 指標 10小時前
[–]Heatxanborghini 81 指標 8小時前
wow just imagining Kyrie next to Deandre, Booker, Ariza, and JJ made me tingle a bit
[–][NYK] Kristaps Porzingisazizinator25 105 指標 8小時前
They wouldn't have Ayton if they had Kyrie last year
[–]LakersTrumppered 53 指標 11小時前
right? easy to be all mature and reflective when you move from one nearly perfect playing situation to an arguably even more perfect playing situation, through no real effort of your own lol
[–]gino_giode 65 指標 10小時前
Not quite true, he earned opposing team's interest with his stellar play. And he tanked his value by preemptively warning teams of the small group he'd re-sign with. Bold moves beget bold outcomes. And let's not all act as if Boston was a lock for being that good last year. They had like 4 guys returning from the previous season.
[–]Cavalierscavaleir 302 指標 11小時前
Looking back on the last 7-8 years for our franchise, I think everything worked out for the best. We lost LeBron, we tanked, we got a young star in Kyrie, and he was our future. He was going to grow into being a superstar in Cleveland and be the face of our franchise for many years.
Then we got LeBron back and won a title, but in the process Kyrie felt like he couldn't grow into his own. And that's ok, he was a young guy trying to figure out how to be happy and fulfilled, and he felt like that wasn't happening in Cleveland with LeBron around.
Sure he did and said some immature things, but he was young and immature. Can't blame the guy at all for feeling like he needed a change in direction in his life.
Had LeBron not come back, I think Kyrie would still be in Cleveland and (probably) happy. We'd have a bright future assuming we made some other good moves. But we also wouldn't have a title, and that made everything worth it.
[–]succ_my_dicc 404 指標 10小時前
Lebron fulfilling the prophecy is the greatest NBA narrative ever to me, and I'm not even a Cavs fan
[–]Lakersretardvark 48 指標 6小時前
That 2016 finals is the greatest in NBA history because of narratives alone
[–]TrashCarryPlayer 40 指標 9小時前
OKC had 3 MVP calibre players before their primes and didn't win a championship. Now they most likely won't ever.
Whatever happened in Cleveland last 4 years was best
[–]Lakersso-cal_kid 225 指標 12小時前
Honestly worked out way better for Kyrie anyway. Got a ring in Cleveland by beating potentially the greatest team of all-time and now gets to be the man on a stacked team of a historical franchise in a bigger city.
[–]CelticsRashloose 148 指標 12小時前
Greatest regular season team
[–]Spursdethnight 79 指標 10小時前
Then they added a top five player
[–]Celticsguccimane333 72 指標 10小時前
And then boogie cousins
[–]HeatMellothewise 76 指標 10小時前
[–]Cavaliers-Claive- 81 指標 10小時前
That's the top 5 player they were talking about.
[–]Rocketsbigtice 35 指標 7小時前
"I tried to do whatever I could do to help the kid out, be the best player that he could be. I tried to help him be a better leader, a better scorer, a better floor general, a better defender, a better passer getting guys involved, a better vocally. I tried to give him everything, and give him as much of the DNA as I could because like I told you guys throughout the season, at some point, when he was ready to take over the keys, I was ready to give them to him.” - LeBron James
That's the whole odd part about the situation — this is what LeBron seemed like he wanted for, and was grooming him for, Kyrie.
But I guess it boils down to the fact that he wasn't either
getting enough credit, it wasn't happening fast enough for him so he wanted out
to find it for himself or he's realizing all of this after the fact and that
the situation wasn't ultimately that bad.
The fortunate reality for him is that he fell into an even better situation after all of that so there's no remorse over how things turned out.