After remaining tight-lipped throughout the summer about Kyrie Irving's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James knew he had to finally address the matter at the team's media day.
Irving submitted a trade request to the Cavs hierarchy in July and was granted his wish by being offloaded to the Boston Celtics in a deal that saw Cleveland receive Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick via the Miami Heat.
Reports had suggested that Kyrie no longer wanted to play with LeBron and was keen to be the focal point of a team.
During a recent appearance on ESPN's First Take, the All-Star point guard did little to quash that narrative and instead chose to reiterate that he moved to "maximise his potential".
Irving also revealed that he didn't speak to James throughout the process and didn't care about how he felt.
Upon taking to the podium to conduct a press conference for the assembled media in Cleveland on Monday, LBJ was immediately asked about his feelings on Kyrie's decision to move on.
"I reached out to him because I just wanted to get a little insight on why he felt like he wanted to move on," James said. "He basically just let me know that that was the direction that he wanted to go in. And I was OK with that. And it's a business. I understand that. It doesn't stop me from leading this franchise and leading this team and going on about it.
"But I definitely just wanted to go right to him and ask him and he clarified it for me so I was at ease."
The four-time MVP went on to say that throughout the three years the duo spent together, all he wanted to do was make him a better player and was ready to give him the reigns to the team whenever he wanted it.
"I tried to do whatever I could do to help the kid out and so he could be the best player he could be," James said. "I tried to give him everything, give him as much of my DNA as I could. As I said throughout [last] season, at some point when he was ready to take over the keys, I was ready to give them to him."
The three-time champion also praised general manager Koby Altman and the front office for the deal they secured for Irving and said the Cavs are "as complete as we've been in a long time".
Despite losing one of the best point guards in the league, the Wine and Gold have a much deeper roster and will still take some stopping in the Eastern Conference.
It will be interesting to see if Irving and the Celtics can stop them in their tracks.