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.