LeBron James and Kyrie Irving won a championship together as members of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, their diverging personalities and strong wills led to a break-up.
Ever since, many have wondered what the status of their relationship is. Sometimes, from the outside, it looks extremely frosty. Other times, like when James is peddling conspiracy theories in Irving’s defense, it feels like they’ve mended fences.
A few weeks back, a report emerged about the Los Angeles Lakers’ interest in pairing James and Irving up once more.
Recently, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst shined a light on the real status of James’ relationship with Irving.
“A couple of years ago when Kyrie was headed to free agency, LeBron James was interested in trying to recruit him to the Los Angeles Lakers,” he said.
“And he reached and attempted to mend fences. It lasted for a short time. When Kyrie didn’t choose the Lakers, their relationship went away again.”
Last week, during a podcast, Irving addressed his relationship with James as best as he could.
“Hey, shout-out to Bron,” Irving said. “He felt like I was slighting him, and I would never slight him in a way that would probably make him go and have to respond to things like that, you know what I mean? I respect the hell out of him. We’ve been through our own battles as teammates, as competitors together.”
Irving’s callback there is to a remark he made back in 2020 after joining the Brooklyn Nets. In the remark he praised his new teammate Kevin Durant at the expense of James. For obvious reasons, James felt a certain type of way about it.
Yikes Paige. https://t.co/pNKUK1T6la
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 24, 2022
At the moment, it seems like James and Irving are fine. That’s the status of their relationship. They not great; not terrible.
Will that change at any point in the foreseeable future? Time will tell.