Speculation continues that he wants out of Cleveland.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has revealed that he is fed up with the constant rumors surrounding his future and has hit out at the media.
The All-Star guard believes he is unfairly portrayed and particularly scrutinised by the media for a third-year player, and insists that not only is he happy in Cleveland but he is completely focused on helping the team win.
Fresh reports circulated on Friday from ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst that the 22-year-old had wanted to leave Cleveland for some time, but Irving has disputed that and believes that he can stay silent only for so long.
“The barrage and little bit of attack that I saw, I’ve been getting it all season and I feel I definitely don’t deserve it,” Irving said.
“It’s one of those things where I can deal with it, but at a certain point, it’s gotten too much. It’s been like that the whole entire season.”
With reports that he wants out of Cleveland despite the Cavs being able to offer him a maximum contract extension this summer, Irving addressed the media on Twitter on Friday too.
Sick to my stomach with all these rumors and accusations. Can I play without media guessing at my life and putting B.S out for headlines.
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
Irving scored a career-high 44 points in Saturday’s loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, and although he has been plagued by injuries and arguably fallen short of expectations through his career thus far, he is fed up with the negative publicity and speculation about his future.
The former No.1 overall pick believes the on-going uncertainty around his future is having a negative impact on the rest of the team, and was keen to reiterate that his focus is on trying to finish the season well.
While he conceded that the criticism is part of the job and that he has perhaps not had the impact that he would have hoped for, the speculation over his future is unfounded and he believes at a certain point it has to stop.