By now everyone knows that star guard Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland at least in part because he hopes to find a team where he can be the No. 1 option, where he will not be overshadowed by LeBron James.
It's a fascinating storyline that has the NBA world buzzing in debate. Irving is a 25-year-old star playing alongside the best player in the world and regularly going on deep playoff runs to the NBA Finals. It seems like a great spot to be in, yet he is yearning for something else.
A new report, in fact, highlights Wizards star John Wall as somebody Irving is envious of. Wall is not in the shadows of anyone. He is the face of a franchise and that's exactly what Irving wants.
Read this from ESPN in an article penned by Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:
But there were ancillary issues that bothered Irving, too, such as how James' good friend Randy Mims had a position on the Cavs' staff and traveled on the team plane while none of Irving's close friends were afforded the same opportunity. Irving chafed about how peers such as Damian Lillard and John Wall were the center of their franchises and catered to accordingly. There's irony there, as Wall was envious of Irving's Nike shoe deal and Lillard has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. Irving has been to three Finals and has a championship.
There are some good points in there. Wall has a lot of what Irving wants, but also vice versa. They note the shoe deal, but Wall would love to play in three straight NBA Finals and win a ring, of course.
Regardless of what you think about Irving's goals and how they may differ from others, it's an interesting window into how even NBA superstars can see the grass as greener, no matter how attractive their own situation seemingly is.
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