LeBron James was ready to give the keys to Kyrie Irving, Shannon Sharpe discusses why James shouldn't lose sleep over Kyrie's decision.
- Tried to do whatever I could do to help the kid out, be the best player he can be. Tried to help him be a better leader, be a better scorer, a better floor general, a better defender, a better passer, of getting guys involved, a better leader vocally. I tried to give him everything and give him as much of the DNA as I could. Because like I told you guys throughout the season, at some point, when he was ready to take over the keys, I was ready to give them to him.
So the only thing I'm upset about is that he took a lot of DNA and the blueprints now to Boston. That's the only thing I'm upset about really. Other than that, I mean, I wish the kid-- wish the kid great health. And the kid wanted to do what was best for his, I guess, for his career. And you know, I give credit to our GM, you know, Koby, and to the ownership for granting that for him.
- Shannon, what did this tell you?
- It tells me LeBron still can't find in his heart to mention Dan Gilbert by name. He says "ownership." Skip, what we have here is, and Kyrie even said during the playoffs that he didn't want it to be a Kobe-Shaq situation. And I think Kobe and Shaq fell out because Kobe was so dedicated.
He came in every year in the best possible shape, and Kobe didn't think Shaq was giving it his all in the off season to come back to be the best possible Shaq that he could be. Well, that's not the case for LeBron. It's reported that he spends in excess of $2 million a year-- personal trainers, physio, masseuses, dietitians, making sure everything that he's operating in peak capacity.
Skip, you know this. He's heaped prays on Kyrie, saying Kyrie has MVP potential. Skip, how many four-time MVP, three-time final MVP? You want to take the last shot, go ahead. You want to take over the game? I'll stand over here in the corner and let you have it. Do you, bruh? I'm good. You the man. Hey, T. Lue, let Kyrie take this last shot in game seven. Hey, he got to go. Let him go.
It's not what he wanted. And LeBron is racking his-- what could I do? Was it because I came back to begin with that you got so upset with it? Was it because of the shine that people, no matter what goes on, no matter how well you play, that I'm still going get some credit, even if I only have 17 points, you have 35. They're going to mention those 12 assists and those 13 rebounds I had, also because I had a triple double.
What was it? I tried to help you at every turn. But, Skip, you can only help someone that wants to be helped. And when they want to move on, Skip, you just got to let them go. And LeBron, don't you lose no sleep over wondering what you could have done or what you should have done differently. Because at the end of the day, this is all about Kyrie.
Kyrie wanted to be elsewhere. Why he wanted to be elsewhere? And he's like, well, I don't have to give anybody a reason. Well, actually, you probably should because you requested a trade. They didn't trade you. You went for some reason.
You wanted out of Cleveland, and you wanted out bad. I don't really think that's asking too much, Skip. I really don't. It's not like he was a free agent. Kevin Durant is one thing. Kevin Durant was free. He had fulfilled his obligation to the OKC Thunder organization.
Kyrie Irving had two and a half years, two years plus an option on his contract. And all of a sudden, you just want out after going to three straight finals? You won the finals the previous year. Hmm, and all of a sudden you're like, no, I want to bounce. You can't understand why people think that might [INAUDIBLE]?
- Kyrie had fulfilled one obligation to Cleveland. He'd made the shot of shots in game seven to win a championship. Kevin Durant did not do that for Oklahoma City, right?
SHANNON SHARPE: No, he didn't. But he made the shot. LeBron, they told T. Lue, whatever. We going to gloss over the chase down. We're going to gloss over that triple-double. We're going to gloss over that he led every player that touched the court in every statistical category.
We'll gloss over that. We'll make it about Kyrie. And still, even though Kyrie made the shot, a shot heard around the world, that wasn't enough for him.