It's not been the best of weeks for Kyrie Irving. First, some bed bug bites caused him to miss most a game due to flu-like symptoms, and now rumours are spreading about his future.
This is after some remarks were made by ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith, who claimed that the Cavaliers point guard was, for some unbeknown reason, unhappy in Cleveland and wanted to suit up for a new team sooner rather than later.
Naturally, Irving has come out and put an end to any speculation, saying that there is nothing substantial in the claims and that he wants to win a Championship in Cleveland, with the team that drafted him.
"There's nothing to really address," Irving said, via Cleveland.com, after recording 22 points and six assists in a win last night against the Indiana Pacers.
"Obviously, there's going to be some misunderstandings; it's part of being on a team. For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what's going on and how I feel about things."
Irving went on to blame the reports essentially on the 24-hour news cycle we live in today and how players are always going to be singled out individually and put under a microscope when perhaps they don't perform.
"For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they're going to pick one player, it's going to change every single week. When they think that we're down and out, they're going to choose one player, so, for me it has no effect on my life or what's going on. It's all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland."
To be honest, Irving may actually have a point here. Basically, ever since he joined the Cavaliers, there has been constant talk about the future of Kevin Love, how he wants to leave and isn't fitting in with the team's chemistry. Well, Love is still in Cleveland and has made no indication that he wants out. Now attention has been turned to Irving.
With the Cavaliers, Kyrie is currently sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference with an excellent chance of making the finals. He is also surrounded by a whole host of talent - including one LeBron James - and, when fit, is a surefire All-Star. Why would he leave that?