Kyrie Irving denies wanting to leave Cleveland Cavaliers

By The Sports Xchange  |  March 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM
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Kyrie Irving responded to a report that he was unhappy with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The All-Star point guard said he is focusing on winning a championship in Cleveland.

"Obviously there's going to be some misunderstandings; it's part of being on a team," Irving said Monday night. "For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what's going on and how I feel about things.

"For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they're going to pick one player, it's going to change every single week. When they think that we're down and out, they're going to choose one player, so, for me, it has no effect on my life or what's going on. It's all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland."

Irving, 23, had two direct dust-ups with LeBron James in 2014-15, their first season together. This season, Irving was idle until December recovering from knee surgery. The report from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith came one day after Irving had one assist in a loss to the Washington Wizards on a night the Cavs played without James.

James credited Irving on Monday with responding in the best way possible.

"You go 11-for-11 from the free throw line like Kyrie did and you lead the team to a victory. Those are just talks and reports," James said. "I've been around it so long, I don't really get involved with it too much. We have a big point in our season right now. We need to continue to get better and get ready for the postseason. I don't think it affected Kyrie or affected our team. I don't think he (knew about it). I didn't know about it, so, I'm just now hearing about it."

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