Sport NBA Finals 2018: Did LeBron James just insinuate Kyrie Irving didn't want to win?

02:35  08 june  2018
02:35  08 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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After he spent the week throwing all sorts of shade at the Knicks, before crushing their souls at the Garden on Monday night, James sent a little more shade Kyrie Irving ’s way. NBA . LeBron 's furious reaction to J.R. Smith's game-changing mistake became first Finals meme.

LeBron James said a lot of interesting things Thursday.

First, he said he wished Dwyane Wade was on the Cavaliers right now because Cleveland needs playmakers to compete for the Warriors, and then he went off on a long story about how he came to Cleveland to play with Kyrie Irving and turn him into a winner.

However, it sounded more like a slight to Irving than a compliment.

"I knew Kyrie, having the talent, I wanted to try to build his mind up to fast track his mind because I felt like in order to win you've got to have talent, but you've got to be cerebral too," he said. "Listen, we're all NBA players. Everybody knows how to put the ball in the hoop, but who can think throughout the course of the game?"

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When Kyrie Irving was introduced to the Boston media a little more than two weeks ago, he was asked often about why he sought to be traded away from the Cleveland Cavaliers and star teammate LeBron James . At the time, Irving said he did so because he wanted to fulfill his potential and that the trade

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He continued, "We come back here and we get the minds and we build a championship team. And then Golden State because of Steph's (Curry) injuries early on in his career and his contract situation, and then them drafting Draymond (Green) and drafting Klay (Thompson) and them being under the contracts they were in, allowed them to go out and get KD.

"So they win a championship," he said. "Then we play them and we come back from 3-1 and we beat them. But that was the regular season — probably the best team I ever played against. They go 73-9, and then you add one of the best players that the NBA has ever seen.

a man holding a basketball: Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Kyrie Irving © Getty Images Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Kyrie Irving

"How do you put together a group of talent but also a group of minds to be able to compete with Golden State, to be able to compete for a championship?" he said. "That's what GMs and presidents and certain players — it's not every player. Every player does not want to — sad to say, but every player doesn't want to compete for a championship and be in a position where every possession is pressure."

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Was it a direct shot at Irving who requested a trade away from the Cavaliers and now plays for the Celtics? There's no telling, but it certainly didn't sound complimentary, and from reactions to the quote on social media, people are implying he was talking about his former teammate.

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"The one constant that I've heard is Lonzo Ball," ESPN's Chris Haynes said on a potential piece the Lakers would move for James. © Getty Images LeBron James, Lonzo Ball Ball struggled in his rookie season, shooting 36 percent from the field and missing several games to recover from a left knee injury. He finished the season averaging 10.2 points, 7.2 assists, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

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