Irving is clearly still well-regarded by the Cavaliers. "I saw Kyrie high, I saw him low," Iman Shumpert tells MacMullan. "He's seen me tear up a locker room. We're friends. You help each other through it.'' There doesn’t seem to be much, if any, bitterness around Irving’s decision to continue his career in Boston.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, right, and Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, Boston, January 3. Irving was traded to the Celtics from the Cavaliers in the summer. Maddie Meyer/Getty
What was the relationship like between Tyronn Lue and Irving?
The dynamic between Irving and James can’t have been easy for Lue to manage. MacMullan relates an anecdote from a practice session last season during which the Cavaliers head coach tried to get Irving to speed up the Cavaliers’ offense. "Well, that's No. 23's [James’s] job," Irving reportedly told Lue. The implication? In Irving’s mind, at least, this was never his offense to run.