Charles Barkley Criticized Kyrie Irving For Leaving The Cavs In An Attempt To Be ‘The Man’ In Boston

Associate Editor
10.17.17

TNT

The overarching reason why Kyrie Irving wanted to leave Cleveland, at least according to a bevy of reports that popped up throughout the trade process, was that he wanted to be a team’s No. 1 option. That, through no fault of his own, was never going to happen with the Cavaliers as long as he was on the same team as LeBron James, so Irving requested a trade and eventually got sent to Boston.

For Charles Barkley, this is all incredibly silly. Prior to Cleveland and Boston facing off to start the 2017-18 season, Barkley commented on Irving’s decision to leave for a team where he would become “the man.”

Barkley thinks this is all very silly. This is because Irving was in a good situation in Cleveland, one where the Cavaliers were consistently winning and he was still getting his.

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