Kyrie Irving Left Cavaliers For Celtics Because LeBron James 'Didn't Need' Him

Kyrie Irving Left Cavaliers For Celtics Because LeBron James 'Didn't Need' Him

Former Cavs general manager David Griffin recalls overhearing LeBron coaching the Raps during a game last season on how to properly execute one of theirs sets. He believes they could have existed together, but James didn't need him.

Part of what makes LeBron James the best basketball player on the planet is his insane basketball IQ. There's literally nothing you can show him that he can't do. "So he never got the chance to take the natural progression in his career where he had to try to carry the load and see how good he could be".

"He'd been doing it on a bad team".

Simmons: He's playing against himself and not the other people, and saying 'Oh, I wonder if I can make this shot. What am I capable of? I don't have a left-handed runner; I can't spin the ball off the glass.' I think Kyrie's talents and knack for doing things like that challenged LeBron. He wanted a chance to do it on a good team.

"So I think you get to the point where the fit and the need LeBron had for Kyrie wasn't going to allow him to become Scottie because he didn't need Kyrie to fill in the gaps, necessarily". I knew we were in trouble in Miami.

Now, he and the Cavs are gearing up to head to Boston to face off against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

This time around, Cleveland only mustered an average of 14 points of difference - largely due to a 35-point Game 4 spanking that gave this team great momentum heading into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

Stevens surely wishes he has Kyrie Irving to help counter James, but with the point guard sidelined for the rest of the season to recover from a knee surgery done last March, he will have to rely on the likes of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier to lead the Celtics against Cleveland.

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