Kyrie Irving Called LeBron James to Apologize Over Leadership
Kyrie Irving made a surprising confession to reporters on Wednesday after he admitted that he called up Lebron James to apologize and seek some leadership advice.
In the statement, he said he felt the need to apologize for being a young player who didn’t quite understand what James was experiencing as a leader.
“It was a big deal for me because I had to call Bron and tell him I apologize for being that young player that wanted to have everything at his fingertips and I wanted everything to be at my threshold,” Irving said.
“I wanted to be the guy that led us to change. I wanted to be the leader. I wanted to be all that. And the responsibility of being the best player in the world and leading a team is something that’s not meant for many people. … Sometimes getting the most out of a group isn’t the easiest thing in the world.”
His apology comes after he called out his team-mates for a loss against Orlando Magic on Saturday. He added that he is hopeful after his conversation with James that he can be the leader the Celtics need.
“I feel like the best person to call was him because he’s been in that situation before,” Irving added. “He’s been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, being the 22-year-old kid and wanting everything.
“I think what that brought me back to was, ‘How do I get the best out of this group?’ Then helping them realize what it takes to win a championship.”