Fresh off his introduction as a member of the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving sits down with ESPN’s First Take to discuss the move further.
During the interview, the former Cavs player revealed that he’s wanted to leave Cleveland for some time, but had to wait for the right moment to do so.
“I was just very patient in my approach,” Irving explained. “I was just very diligent [and] very professional, in terms of this whole entire process. The request came at a time that I felt deemed right for me, as a 25-year-old evolving man. Coming in to perfecting my craft every single day, I just wanted to be in an environment where I felt like I could be taught… every single day. And, have that demand from the coaching staff and the franchise that would propel me in exceeding my potential and seeing how far I can go.”
When asked if LeBron James had any influence on his decision, Kyrie seemed to side-step the answer, saying he was just ready to go.
“That was never a reality for me. I don’t really have an ego,” Kyrie said. “I’m ready to be on my own. I’m ready to try out a new situation and be in an environment where I can be happy.”
“Its not about wanting or not wanting to,” he continued, when asked again. “Being with [LeBron James] was unbelievable. It was something that I will relish in for the rest of my life.”
“It didn’t have anything to do with not wanting to play with the best player on the planet. Didn’t have anything to do with me not want to be second fiddle.”
Stephen A. Smith followed, asking if Kyrie had spoken to LeBron at all before the trade request. He replied, “No. Why would I have to?”
“I don’t think that you owe anything to another person, in terms of figuring out what you wanna do with your life. It’s nothing personal,” he added. “I wanna be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft. That was the only intent I have in all of this.”
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