On Monday, Irving joined Molly Qerim and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's popular debate show, First Take, to address his reason for leaving the Cavs.
Smith asked Irving why he didn't tell James about wanting out.
"I was just very patient in my approach", Irving replied.
Smith responded: "If you don't speak to somebody, they might take it personally".
That has to be considered the biggest shade throwing in the history of eight-word responses.
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Irving and James brought an National Basketball Association championship to the Cavaliers in 2016 after Cleveland suffered a winning dry spell across all sports. And now that they're conference rivals, it's highly unlikely things are going to get much better anytime soon.
"I don't think you anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life".
On "First Take", Irving admitted he wanted to be "selfish" with his decision to play for another team and said he did not think he had to talk to James about it first. I'm not here to tirade anybody or go at one particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland.
"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's no looking back from that standpoint. It wasn't anything about that. I was like, I want to be extremely, extremely happy, like, in perfecting my craft. However, now that he's officially been dealt to Boston, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft will look to cut his own path.
Yet this summer, Irving requested a trade, and the Cavaliers and Celitcs were able to execute a blockbuster that sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland and Irving to Boston. The Cavs then reached the NBA Finals in three consecutive years against the Golden State Warriors, winning the title in 2016. The two teams will play each other on the NBA's opening night on October 17.