J.R. Smith reacts to Kyrie Irving’s apology to LeBron James
Smith took to Twitter to express his thoughts on Irving reaching out to James. His tweet looked like a praise for Irving because of showing that he has matured now that he is also trying to lead a young team in Boston.
That’s HOW YOU GROW https://t.co/gEihjcWxfL
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) January 17, 2019
Irving confirmed on Wednesday that he reached out to James after a dismal loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday. The All-Star guard admitted that he realized why James was so hard on young guys, including him, during their time together in Cleveland, which only lasted three seasons after Irving asked for a trade.
The Boston Celtics superstar also sought James for advice on how to get the best out of younger players. Irving appreciated James’ effort to instill a championship mentality to the Cavaliers when he decided to return to Cleveland in 2014.
“LeBron was one of those guys who came to Cleveland and tried to show us how to win a championship,” Irving said via ESPN. “And it was hard for him, and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing.”
According to an earlier report in Cavs Nation, All-Star forward Kevin Love also lauded Irving’s growth. He actually revealed on The Athletic that he was with James when the call happened. The report also revealed that James appreciated Irving’s action, while Love empathized with Irving’s struggle when he was still in Cleveland.
“There were some bad habits and maybe not knowing what it means to sacrifice and take a back seat to someone like a LeBron, who was trying to teach us how to win,” Love said. “I think I’m a much better player now, a much better teammate from having gone through it.”