Kyrie Irving drilled about LeBron James in new interview

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No moment was as odd when the hosts pressed Irving on his relationship with James, inquiring if he went to the superstar ahead of requesting a trade.

When pressed by Smith on what he meant by this and whether he was referring to coach Tyronn Lue or the front office, Irving replied: "No".

Asked if he let James know that he was seeking to leave, Irving said, "Why would I have to?" Hit the flip to see reactions from Twitter to the newly woke Boston Celtics star on the following pages.

Smith: "If you don't speak to somebody about that they might take it personally".

Further, as much as Irving tried to state otherwise, questions about his former teammate James and the Cavs organization seemed to bring about some tension in the studio. On First Take, Irving was asked if he informed James of his desire to be traded before it became public.

"Do you care about that at all?"

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"I don't think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life", he said.

Kyrie: "When you think about the journey, and you also put things into perspective for what they really are, it's a truthful environment".

"It just, it comes a time where you mature as an individual".

"I felt like, when I was coming into that environment, there were times when my energy was just a little off, and I just had to figure that out", Irving said.

"There is no looking back from that standpoint", he said. There's no time to figure out how to save someone's feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in that in figuring out what you want to do. It wasn't me not wanting to win. "That was the only intent I have in all of this".

Irving left a potential extension on the line to wear a Celtics jersey, a proposition that could prove costly in the long run, cutting him short of millions of dollars by choosing to leave the team that drafted him.

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