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Kyrie Irving called it a business decision when he was asked about the firing of his Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Byron Scott.
In this video published by Dan Kadar of the Akron Beacon Journal Online, Irving seems sullen, talking about his emotions running high after losing his "basketball father."
He said that he and Scott were speechless when they saw one another.
It's a bitter ending to an unfair season in Cleveland.
The team dealt with injuries and illness throughout the season. Its budding superstar, Irving, hasn't proved able to stay healthy.
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer summarized:
Well, Kyrie, you played only 11 games at Duke because of a foot injury. You missed 15 games in 2011-12, and 23 games this season with various injuries. If someone says you're injured, the tendency is to believe them.
The team never had a fair shake this season.
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao only played 25 games because of a quadriceps injury. He was averaging a double-double with 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds when he was lost for the season.
Even rookie Dion Waiters, despite a successful first year with 14.7 points per game, had an injured left knee as the season ended. He missed 21 games.