Kyrie Irving opens up on “pressure” after “prodigal son” LeBron James left Cleveland


Kyrie Irving has always been one of the soft media targets ever since he decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, where many considered him to the shadow of LeBron James. Making his way into a team that drafted him in the 2011 draft class as the overall first pick, Irving was considered to save Cavs as Bron took his talents to the South Beach.

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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving

However, despite Irving leading the team, there wasn’t much support around him for him to make a difference single-handed. Things only went downhill for the Cavs until 2015, despite Kyrie Irving make himself rank amongst the most-skilled point guards in the modern-day league.

Now, courtesy to NBA Insider Mike A. Scotto, fans got to know an insight about Kyrie Irving’s mindset when James returned to the Cavs in 2015.

Kyrie Irving on the pressure he burdened himself with when LeBron James arrived to Cavs in 2015

After dropping game-winning 32 points on 58% efficiency rate from the field against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving was in the right head space to make everyone aware about how he felt when LeBron James took the numero uno place from him in 2015.

Irving said, “The amount of pressure I was putting on myself coming in after the prodigal son, LeBron James, leaves, and I had to take on the ropes after that. Who knows if I was ever going to live up to that billing. But I put that pressure on myself.”

Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry
Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry

In just 6 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving made his mark with four All Star appearances. Moreover, in 2014, he was also the All-Star Game MVP.  Furthermore, Uncle Drew was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2015, averaging 21.7 points and 5.2 assists per game. That being said, Irving might be one of the most controversial players in the league today, but his presence (negative or positive) can be felt wherever he takes his talent.

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