Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been talking to his fans via Twitch. Apart from playing a ton of video games, Irving has been dropping some truth bombs concerning his basketball career and the slew of controversies around it. In his latest stream, Irving cleared the air on the rumors that he hates former teammate, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
Media and snitches
Irving walked his viewers through the beginning of the invented James vs. Irving narrative. Kyrie started noticing that the media were on his grill. Not just him but some of those around him were also being questioned.
"That's when they started doing weird shit. When I say 'they' I mean the media. They started asking people around me what's going on, they started asking people what does Kyrie think about this. People started snitching, bro. It was weak. It was weak as f***," Irving said.
"You try to pin me against Bron this whole entire time. Kai hits Bron, Bron hits Kai. It's never like that. It was never like that. I repeat. It was never like that."
Kyrie Irving, via League Alerts IG
To recall, the narrative painted Irving more of the villain. Analysts said he was jealous of being second fiddle to LeBron James during their glory days in Cleveland. Some even called Irving a diva who wants his way and is unwilling to adjust. When Irving's stint in Boston did not pan out well, critics continuously slammed Irving for his behavior. That's when the seven-time All-Star became evasive and, to a certain extent, hateful to the media.
A look back at the deadly duo
Perhaps a good reason why the media concocted this Irving vs. James narrative is because of the greatness the duo could have achieved if they stayed together. Everyone would have loved another dominating duo like Shaq and Kobe. And when they did not get it, their hopes turned into dismay.
The Irving-James duo produced one title in three trips to the NBA Finals. That lone title wasn't just an ordinary one. They got it through coming back from a 3-1 deficit against a 73-win powerhouse squad.
We can safely say that from James' perspective, it was the first time he was armed with a dynamic scorer — someone who could carry the offensive chores by himself. This is not a hit on Dwyane Wade. But Irving is arguably a more prolific scorer than the Miami Heat legend.
And so the Irving-James duo certainly had a good run but also had a lot of what-ifs. Perhaps James would still be in Cleveland if Irving didn't leave. Perhaps they would be swimming in the championship champagne right now if they remained together. It is something we will never know for sure. But something that will keep us fantasizing.