It seems like with each passing day, the LeBron James-Kyrie Irving relationship looks worse and worse.
Cleveland.com Cavaliers beat writer Joe Vardon went on 92.3 The Fan and revealed James and his advisors felt Irving was being “soft” by sitting out games in the 2015 NBA Playoffs with a knee injury.
“This annoyed LeBron and LeBron’s people to no end,” said Vardon. “They were calling him soft and questioning his toughness, and LeBron was doing it in comments to the media.”
Irving missed two games in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks, returned for the final two contests, and played most of game one of the NBA Finals before breaking his kneecap and missing the rest of the series.
This report comes just days after Vardon joined ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd on Howard Beck’s podcast, “The Full 48,” where the three beat writers revealed stories of James and Irving having previously unknown issues in Cleveland.
Irving was sent to the Celtics following the 2016-17 season after requesting a trade and missed the final 34 games, including playoffs, of Boston’s 2017-18 season due to knee surgery stemming from Irving’s broken kneecap in 2015.