LeBron James says he was hurt when Kyrie Irving said Kevin Durant was the first teammate he could trust to make big shots

Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesLeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
  • LeBron James said he was “hurt” by Kyrie Irving’s comments earlier in the year.
  • In October, Irving had said of his new teammate Kevin Durant that it was the first time he could trust another player to hit the game-winning shot.
  • That comment notably excludes James, with whom Irving spent several seasons and won a championship in Cleveland.
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LeBron James said he was “hurt” by Kyrie Irving’s comments after his former teammate in Cleveland threw some shade at the reigning NBA Finals MVP.

Speaking as a guest on the “Road Trippin'” podcast with Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, and Allie Clifton, James spoke about his reaction to hearing Irving praise his new teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the year.

“This is the first time in my career I’ve looked down and be like, ‘That motherf—er can make that shot too.’ And he’ll probably do it a lot easier,” Irving had said of Durant, seeming to brush over the seasons he spent in Cleveland with LeBron.

As James revealed on the podcast, he was somewhat taken aback by Irving’s words.

“I was a little like, ‘Damn.’ Once I got the whole transcript, I was like, ‘Damn,'” James said. “I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, you trippin’. I’ve hit game-winning shots my whole life.’ I was not like that. I was like, ‘Damn.’

“I played with Kyrie for three seasons. The whole time when I was there, I only wanted to see him be MVP of our league. I only cared about his success. And it just didn’t align. It just didn’t align. And we were able to win a championship. That’s the craziest thing. We were still able to win a championship, and we could never align. But I only cared about his well-being, both on and off the floor.

“And it kind of hurt me a little bit.”

James and Irving will finally meet again on the court this season in February when the Nets travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers.

You can listen to the whole podcast featuring James here.

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