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Cleveland Cavaliers pair LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have dismissed reports that they “exchanged words” after the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Following their 19-point road loss earlier this week, an ESPN report suggested that the duo were involved in an exchange of words, but although they were described as being “healthy”, James was said to be frustrated with how the team’s offense was running.
With Irving failing to record a single assist in the loss to the Utah Jazz, questions were being asked over how well the new ‘Big Three’ were working together. James called for fans to relax as they slipped to a 1-3 record for the season, but it appears as though the story regarding him and his point guard was overblown.
“Those reports are untrue,” James said Friday morning following shootaround in advance of the Cavs’ game against the Denver Nuggets.
“We have not had a verbal exchange. But I understand that negativity sells and no one wants to hear a good story. Those reports are not true. They’re very false.”
Meanwhile, Irving opted to take a more sarcastic approach to the situation and played up the talk of a rift between himself and his new teammate.
“As you can see, we’re on opposite ends [of the court] so that means we hate each other,” Irving said while sitting on a baseline seat while James was sitting down on the sideline on the far end of the arena, away from the 22-year-old.
Just as he experienced with the Miami Heat back in 2010, James is still adjusting to life alongside both Irving and Kevin Love, and that has shown in their early struggles.
However, all concerned insist that they have great chemistry and that they are a tight-knit group, and so it remains to be seen how their fortunes improve on the court in the coming weeks.