On Thursday Slam Magazine reported that Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly did not speak to his teammates for consecutive days between the first and second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
On the BBall Breakdown Podcast, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin revealed that Irving was acting “sullen or reclusive” around his teammates.
It has been noted previously that Kyrie Irving does sometimes go through periods in which he does not talk to anyone and becomes introverted. Irving himself has even mentioned it along with teammate Richard Jefferson talking about it on his podcast Road Trippin.
McMenamin was also asked if Phoenix would offer Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson and a pick for Kyrie?
McMenamin had the following to say about that possible scenario:
“I’m not sure. Phoenix, of course, hired James Jones this offseason. He’s been inside that locker room.
He saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year—in between the first round when they beat Indiana and the second round when they played Toronto—go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice. On that stage.
It’s one thing for people to go through your ups and downs during the regular season. But when you get to the playoffs, the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers, and we’re pulling together to get this thing done.
Even at that level, there were things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates.”