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On Monday, Irving joined Molly Qerim and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's popular debate show, First Take, to address his reason for leaving the Cavs.

Smith: "Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership and let them know that you wanted out?"

When pressed by Smith on what he meant by this and whether he was referring to coach Tyronn Lue or the front office, Irving replied: "No".

He then seemingly threw a ton of shade in the direction of his former teammate.

Asked if he cared that James took Irving's trade request personally, as Smith had previously reported, Irving again simply said, "no", before adding, "I don't think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life".

That has to be considered the biggest shade throwing in the history of eight-word responses.

Irving says it's "nothing personal". yeah, right.

Irving also clarified that his decision "didn't have anything to do with not wanting to play with the best player on the planet, didn't have anything to do with not wanting to be second fiddle". I've got nothing but love for the times that I spent there. There's no looking back from that standpoint.

The point guard's sudden decision to demand a move away from the Cleveland Cavaliers came as a surprise to many. It wasn't me not wanting to win. I was like, I want to be extremely, extremely happy, like, in perfecting my craft. "And that was the only the intent that I had in all of this".

Though some Cavs players have down-played the events leading to Irving's trade request, from the sounds of it, Irving did want to go lead a team on his own.

Yet this summer, Irving requested a trade, and the Cavaliers and Celitcs were able to execute a blockbuster that sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland and Irving to Boston. In his six seasons in Cleveland, Irving advanced to three NBA Finals, winning one championship in 2016.


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