How soon do we forget?
This team a year ago, there were reports of Kyrie Irving being a cancer in the locker room and how he was unhappy in Cleveland.
Well, what a difference a year makes. Cleveland looks poised to make a deep playoff run, as LeBron and Kyrie have proven to be quite the dynamic duo. With that being said, Irving hasn’t forgot about his naysayers.
“My sole reason for me playing this game has never been for attention, it’s never been for approval. The only thing I command is respect,” Irving said. “I just let the proof be in the pudding. I don’t say I’m going to do something; I just go out and do it and then I feel like it just ends up hitting them in the face when it actually happens because they’re like, ‘Well we said this about him but he completely did the opposite and did it way more than we expected.’
Irving wasn’t done.
“I have a confidence in myself that whether you like me or not, I really don’t care because I’m going to command your respect, especially out there on the floor where you can’t deny me. I was that guy on the cusp trying to fight my way up and I still am. I still feel that way. I’m always going to have that attitude, but in terms of what everybody else thinks, I really don’t care.”