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Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has insisted that “this is Kyrie Irving’s show” as he looks for his point guard to demand the ball and lead the offense.
During his time with the Miami Heat, James spent a significant amount of time on the ball along with guard Dwyane Wade, while point guard Mario Chalmers had a bigger off-the-ball role.
However, James expects all that to change in Cleveland, and he has already insisted that it will be up to Irving to dictate the offense and the others will follow his lead.
“I’ll probably handle the ball a little bit, but this is Kyrie [Irving’s] show,” James said Saturday following the team’s first practice of training camp.
“He’s our point guard. He’s our floor general, and we need him to put us in position to succeed offensively. He has to demand that and command that from us with him handling the ball.”
The 29-year-old even conceded that Irving played a huge role in convincing him to return to the franchise, as he believes that having a point guard who can take over a game on his own will be vital as the Cavaliers look to end their wait for a championship.
The two-time NBA champion still maintains respect from his teammate though who jokingly suggested that if James is on the ball, he will just look to shoot and do whatever it takes to help the team win in the coming season, but with Coach David Blatt insisting that he doesn’t define positions, fans will expect some entertaining play on offense from the Cavs this year.
Irving was adamant that his new teammate is the best player in the world right now while James has taken full responsibility early by insisting that he is the leader of the team and he will expect to enjoy the adulation of success or the heartbreak of disappoint more so than any other individual on the roster.