LeBron James says he was a little hurt when he heard Kyrie Irving praise Kevin Durant over how clutch he is, and not him.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving seemed to have great chemistry on and off the court back in their Cleveland days. However, over due course of time, it was becoming evident that a level of animosity towards LeBron from Kyrie was transpiring behind closed doors.
Kyrie Irving always believed that he was the best player on every team he’s been on, especially down the stretch in close games. Even with LeBron James on the team, he would call for isolation plays for himself.
Kyrie provided more fuel to the fire when he claimed a while back that having Kevin Durant by his side would be the first time he would have a “clutch” teammate.
LeBron James finally addresses Kyrie’s comments on him not being clutch.
LeBron James recently went on the RoadTrippin Pod with Richard Jefferson where they talked about their run in Cleveland and much more.
LeBron eventually opened up about how Kyrie’s comments made him feel when he heard them for the first time. He said, “I was like damn. The whole time I was in Cleveland, I only wanted Kyrie to be an MVP in this league. I only cared about his success.”
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— Richard Jefferson (@Rjeff24) December 8, 2020
He ended his statement by confirming that he did feel some sort of way about it, saying, “It kind of hurt me a little bit.”
Is LeBron James right to have felt bad about Kyrie’s comments?
Kyrie Irving claiming that Kevin Durant is the only clutch player he has been the same team with is quite simply false. LeBron has essentially eradicated that narrative a while back.
The 2016 Finals, the 2020 Playoffs, Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 Finals, and countless other moments prove that James can step up to the plate when needed.
This doesn’t take away from Durant’s greatness, but only adds to LeBron’s