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
It brings nothing but negativity to the team and portraying me as something I'm not. I don't want or need the attention, so it can stop now.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
At least be man or woman enough to come and ask me. There's no such source as "Kyrie's camp", nothing but nonsense.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
Irving was responding to comments made by ESPN's Brian Windhorst to Robert Attenweiler for Cavstheblog.com about the latest on his potential future:
The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years — years — that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired.
Windhorst went on to note that Irving has "said all the right things," so perhaps we should be skeptical of the latest Twitter rant. Maybe he's just saying a few more of the right things. But in any event, he's doing so quite passionately and directly refuting the notion that any of his associates have clear insight into this thinking or what's going on with the Cleveland organization.
The analysis comes with Irving and the Cavaliers soon to discuss an extension beyond his rookie contract. As NBC Sports' Kurt Helin points out, signing it is something of a no-brainer—even if it doesn't say much about Irving's long-term intentions:
Cleveland will offer one this summer and Kyrie Irving will sign it...You sign that deal because it is “set your family up for generations” money. Everyone signs it — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and maybe next Kevin Love forced their way out of situations, but they signed that extension and played a few more years under it first.
Whether Irving eventually pushes his way to a bigger market, it makes sense that he'd want some peace and quiet in the meantime. Getting the reputation as an internal troublemaker wouldn't help his trade value, and it certainly won't help the Cavaliers win games.
The attention Irving is receiving is understandable, too. The 22-year-old has quickly blossomed into one of the league's best point guards and established himself as the cornerstone of the Cavaliers franchise. Should he look to go elsewhere, it would conjure up not-too-distant memories of a certain "Decision" that left Cleveland reeling.