Kyrie adopted the Kobe rule
As THIS week began the turmoil inside the Cleveland Cavaliers reached a debilitating crescendo of the chaos that has engulfed the franchise since it became known public that Kyrie Irving demanded to be traded.
Recently, the Cavs star guard went to owner Dan Gilbert and essentially complained about his role with the team and requested a trade, declaring that he could not co-exist with The King, LeBron James.
James had knew of Irving discontent several weeks before and so too did teammates and players throughout the league, but instead said nothing and took the high road as he has always done.
Just as James has kept a low-key profile on all of the Cavs off-season decisions or lack thereof, he then made public that he would not waive his no-trade clause. As if that statement was necessary amid Kid Kyrie’s ranting demands.
Players in the NBA often demand trades for various reasons, but this scenario ranks right up there with Kobe Bryant demanding to be traded because he no longer wanted to play with Shaquille O’Neal in 2004.
Bryant in the same position as Kid Kyrie at the time was the younger of the two stars and Lakers owner Jerry Buss decided to keep Bryant and trade O’Neal to the Miami Heat.
The Lakers acquired forward Lamar Odom, forward Caron Butler, forward Brian Grant and a future first round draft pick from the Heat in exchange for O’Neal.
It was the break-up of one of sports great dynasties, simply because two sure fire Hall of Fame greats could not put their differences aside. They had won three championships together and would have won more for sure.