Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James refused to criticise Kyrie Irving during their post-game press conference after the loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
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Irving revealed earlier this season that James had spoken to him after a game in which he had zero assists, and the two-time NBA champion ultimately told him that it couldn’t happen again.
It hadn’t all year until Game 3 against the Bulls when the point guard put up 11 points, four rebounds and no assists as he was seemingly bothered by a foot injury. However, instead of criticise him for it, James stood by his teammate.
The 30-year-old looked to deflect blame away from Irving by switching attention to his turnovers and the fact that no matter what the Cavs did, Derrick Rose’s game-winning buzzer-beating heroics won the game anyway.
Naturally, the argument is that a game isn’t won on one possession, and had the Cavs claimed a stop at some point or avoided turning the ball over, Rose may never have been in that position and Irving’s lack of assists may not have been an issue in the bigger picture.
The Bulls star was in that position though and he delivered, leaving Irving to look baffled when a reporter tried to bait LeBron into suggesting that his teammate needed to do more for his teammates.