Coming off his third straight Finals appearance with the Cavs, the news of Kyrie Irving’s demand to be traded from Cleveland was a shocker that sent the NBA gossip mill into overdrive. According to reports, Irving is not content playing second fiddle to LeBron any longer, and seeks a trade to a destination where he’ll be the unquestioned #1.
Today in The Herd, Colin pointed out that the problems Irving is citing as reasons for wanting to leave Cleveland aren’t really problems at all. Most NBA players would kill to have them.
On the court, Irving is never guarded by the other team’s best defender, and never has any responsibility to guard the other team’s best player when needed. Last season, he took more shots than LeBron, too. If he gets his wish, he’ll have the target on his back every night.
Also, if Irving thinks LeBron has too much power within the Cavs organization, he won’t have any more influence if he’s traded to San Antonio and Gregg Popovich, or Miami and Pat Riley.
Off the court, LeBron has been the focal point of media coverage, and scrutiny, and Irving has been allowed to exist in the background. If he lands in New York, for example, he’ll be front and center answering questions about that mess of situation in a hyper aggressive media market.
Either way, the situation Kyrie views as untenable is as good as it can get for most. Kyrie will never have it as good as he does now, he just can’t see it.
“Kyrie Irving has first world problems.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 24, 2017