Kryie Irving Sits Down With ESPN's First Take, Exquisitely Roasts Max Kellerman

Kyrie Irving on if he spoke to LeBron before requesting a trade: 'Why would I have to?'

When Smith asked why, Irving replied, "Why would I have to?" "I don't really have an ego". "I think how ironic it was that I was on my China trip and how my trade rumors all of a sudden just came out publicly".

No moment was as unusual when the hosts pressed Irving on his relationship with James, inquiring if he went to the superstar ahead of requesting a trade.

To say that the interview was a touch freaky might be putting it lightly, this as Irving didn't exactly answer Stephen A. Smith or Max Kellerman's questions with direct answers. Some users suggested that Irving was unappreciative and betrayed James after he requested the trade.

There is no doubt that Irving played a huge role in Cleveland's recent success.

"Being with that guy was unbelievable", he said.

As most hoops fans know, Kyrie Irving requested a trade from Cavaliers team owner Dan Gilbert and newly-appointed general manager Koby Altman in a private meeting shortly after the conclusion of the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season.

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A price can't be put on happiness, Irving said. I got a chance to develop and evolve as a man.

Smith asked Irving if he was directing his statement about not getting a "truthful environment" toward any particular member of the Cavaliers organization.

If you don't speak to somebody about it, they might take it personally. "You think about how the journey transcended my career, from starting the first three years, that was a picture in itself, and then the last three years".

"As a 25-year-old evolving man, coming in to ideal my craft every single day, I just wanted to be in an environment where I felt like I could be taught every single day", Irving continued.

"It's not anything personal", he said. I have nothing but love for the time that I spent there. It just, there comes a time when you mature as an individual. There's no looking back from that standpoint. "And that was the only the intent that I had in all of this".