Why exactly didn’t Kyrie Irving and LeBron James work in Cleveland, ex-Cavs GM David Griffin seems to know the answer.
Recently, Bill Simmons sat down with David Griffin to record an interview for Simmons’ podcast, The Bill Simmons Podcast, and their two personalities made for an excellent interview.
According to Complex, Griffin explains it in a way that most do, comparing it to the greatest duo in NBA history, Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen.
“I think the fit of LeBron and Kyrie was difficult because Kyrie was so gifted offensively and had been carrying the load offensively for a bad team. Hadn’t been raised to understand how to lead and help you win necessarily. Hadn’t been given that opportunity yet and just when we were going to be good LeBron shows up and it’s his team. So he never got the chance to take the natural progression in his career to carry the load and see how good he could be. And he really wanted that. He’d been doing it on a bad team. He wanted the chance to do it on a good team. It wasn’t about being the man—it’s about, ‘How good can I be? What am I capable of? LeBron can score, he doesn’t need me to score. LeBron can make all the passes, he doesn’t need me to do that. I’m not a better defender than he is.’ So I think you get to the point where the fit and the need LeBron had for Kyrie wasn’t going to allow him to become Scottie because he didn’t need Kyrie to fill in the gaps.”
If anyone knows what happened with Irving and James’ situation, it’s David Griffin.
Once again this segways into the conversation of whether or not LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time, but once again, that topic is for another day.
Do you think Griffin knows what he’s talking about?
Written by Christopher Schweitzer
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