Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving told reporters that he called LeBron James to apologize for “being that young player” during their time together with the Cleveland Cavaliers that yielded an NBA title but fell apart when Irving demanded a trade.
“I had to call ‘Bron and tell him like, ‘I apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips,’” Irving said. “I wanted everything to be at my threshold. I wanted to be the guy that led us to championships. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that.”
During the network’s NBA coverage on Thursday, TNT analyst Charles Barkley had harsh words for Irving, believing his statement was a veiled message blaming his Celtics teammates
“He threw the guys under the bus,” Barkley said. … “I didn’t like it at all. It seemed like he was saying, ‘We’re losing because of these guys. They’re young, they don’t know how to win.’
“They made it to the Eastern Conference finals without him last year. You don’t have to tell people you’re a leader. Just be a leader.”