Earlier this week, Kyrie let it slip that he called LeBron to "apologize" about his prior ignorant view of leadership.
"I had to call 'Bron, and tell him I apologize for being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips," Irving said."I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that."
"He's been in this situation, been there with me, where I've been the young guy, been the 22-year-old kid, wanting everything, wanting everything right now."
"The responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading a team is something that's not meant for many people. And 'Bron was one of those guys that came to Cleveland and tried to really show us what it's like to win a championship. And it was hard for him. Sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world. Fewer are meant for it or chosen for it. And I felt like the best person to call was him."
It sounds genuine and honest in principle, but Kyrie essentially called out his younger teammates. By these comments, it sounds like Irving is blaming those guys for the team's rather disappointing start. Whether he meant it or not, it sounds to some like he was complaining about having to lead a young team that "doesn't understand."
The NBA on TNT crew would agree, and they recently went on a tirade about the subject, telling Irving that leadership isn't blaming teammates, but leading by example. Barkley even went so far as to say he would've "whooped" Kyrie's a**.
"He threw the young guys under the bus...like dude, we made it to the conference finals without you...I woulda whooped his ass"
The crew certainly does a good job illustrating their issues with Irving's statements. These are just the sort of things you don't share to the public.
All of this comes after Kyrie publicly yelled at his teammates during a loss to Orlando, in which he called them out to the media after the game. Noticing a trend?
Kyrie is making strides of being a better leader, but he's clearly got a lot to learn. Learning what to say and not to say in front of the entire world, and calling out your young teammates that made the Eastern Conference Finals last year without you is probably not a very great idea. With as many problems as Boston is having lately, these types of controversies can't be helping turn things around.