Kyrie Irving won himself an NBA championship alongside LeBron James in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it’s his new teammate whom Irving seems to have more trust in with the game on the line.
In the second part of Kevin Durant’s “The ETCs” podcast on RADIO.COM, Irving appeared to throw shade at James when asked who is taking the final shot of a close game between himself and Durant.
“Depends on who’s hot,” Irving said. “I don’t see it anything other than that. … One thing I’ve always been comfortable with is I felt like I was the best option on every team I played for down the stretch. This is the first time in my career when I can look down and be like, that motherf---er could make that shot, too.”
Irving, of course, hit the go-ahead three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
But James has had his fair share of big moments down the stretch, and is arguably the greatest player to play the game – depending on which side of the G.O.A.T. debate you fall on.
Irving and James reportedly did not have the best relationship together in Cleveland, and Irving has acknowledged in the past that he reached out to James to apologize for “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips.”
His latest comment, though, may not go over well and the Nets-Lakers matchup next year just got a bit juicier.