Kyrie Irving Believes Cavs “Would’ve Won More Championships” if He Was More Mature

Kyrie Irving (2) while playing with the Cavs in 2016
Kyrie Irving while playing with the Cavs in 2016. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock (7548767q)

It appears that guard Kyrie Irving has some regrets about how his stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers ended. During a recent appearance on “I AM ATHLETE,” Irving said he believes the Cavs would have added more championships to their 2016 NBA title if he had been more mature.

“If I was in the same maturity line and understanding of who I am, and I look back, we definitely, definitely would’ve won more championships, because there would’ve been a better man-to-man understanding about what I’m going through. I didn’t know how to share my emotions,” Irving said reflecting on that period. “I didn’t know how to do that. So instead of sharing, I isolated myself.”

Irving added that he also regrets not talking to his then-teammate LeBron James and trying to work things out.

Irving helped the Cavs win their only championship in franchise history during the 2015-16 NBA season. Cleveland would go on to return to the Finals next year but lost to Golden State Warriors in five games. This turned out to be the last appearance for Irving in a Cavaliers jersey as he demanded a trade during the offseason and was eventually sent to the Boston Celtics.

Kyrie Irving would go on to spend two underwhelming seasons in Boston before teaming up with Kevin Durant and signing with the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent. Irving’s time with the Nets is also proving testing as the star-studded team failed to progress past the second round since getting the two All-Stars on board.

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