NBA – Is a Kyrie Irving Reunion With the Cleveland Cavaliers Possible?
It is hard to believe that nearly three years ago, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were part of a Cleveland Cavaliers team that was the first team in NBA history to overturn a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals. It ended a fifty-two-year wait for the city of Cleveland in terms of major professional sports titles.
This past season, Irving and the Boston Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers in four games before getting bounced in five at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. Irving wanted to be a leader for his own team after the 2017 Finals defeat by going to Boston, but he struggled during the Milwaukee series. He was injured the previous year as his team fell in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals to Cleveland in seven games.
Meanwhile, James and the Los Angeles Lakers did not even qualify for the playoffs this year. It snapped a streak of eight consecutive years that the future Hall of Famer reached the NBA Finals with two different franchises. James, having fulfilled his promise in his quest to bring a championship to northeast Ohio, decided to go join the Lakers in an attempt to challenge the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference.
Will Kyrie Irving and LeBron James re-unite?
With both players having disappointing seasons by their lofty standards, it begs the question of whether or not a reunion is on the table. I think that because James and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert do not have the closest of relationships, it’s hard for me to see him coming back to Cleveland. Unless it was for a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As for Kyrie, his comments when he went to Boston and, to paraphrase, was playing in a real sports city, make me think that he did not like playing in the Buckeye state.
Unlike the days when players like Reggie Miller, Tim Duncan, or Dirk Nowitzki played their entire careers with one team, players want to play with their friends and form super teams, especially in major markets. ESPN has teased headlines suggesting the idea of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James playing in Los Angeles with the Lakers. To me, it makes sense because James likes the city. Irving apologizing to LeBron over how things went at the end of their tenure in Cleveland a few months ago, so maybe they reunite.
Since I do not think either of them will play again donning a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, I would like to see them play for the Los Angeles Clippers if James were to leave the Lakers. Their head coach Doc Rivers won a championship with the Celtics back in 2008. They showed a lot of heart against perhaps one of the most stacked teams in NBA history in the Golden State Warriors. Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams are in their early thirties, and playoff experience is an important ingredient to having championship success.
The Western Conference would have a different feel to it, especially if Kevin Durant decides not to come back to the Warriors. It would open the door for Irving and James to have a chance at another ring. Perhaps they could get superstar Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans to form a team that can win a Larry O’Brien trophy.
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