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Kyrie Irving says he doesn’t care if LeBron James took trade request personally

Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons Game Four

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 24: Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for tip off against the Detroit Pistons in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 24, 2016 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Kyrie Irving wasn’t really pressed about the role LeBron James played in his exit from the Cavaliers.

That changed when the Celtics guard spoke with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN today:

  • Smith: “Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron before you and your representatives met with ownership to let them know that you wanted out?”
  • Irving: “No.”
  • Smith: “Why not?”
  • Irving: “Why would I have to?”
  • Smith: “If you don’t speak to somebody about it, they might take it personally.”
  • Irving:Yeah.”
  • Smith: “Do you care about that at all?”
  • Irving: “No.”

OK then.

Irving doesn’t necessarily owe his coworker a heads up. He also doesn’t have to care what other people, including LeBron, think.

But this boosts the idea of a divide between the two. As long as Irving understands that, he can frame his trade request however he wants.