Charles Barkley rips Kyrie Irving's comments about calling LeBron to apologize

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Irving offered the information about his phone call to James just days after he had mirrored James' leadership approach by calling out his teammates on the Boston Celtics. But Irving had swallowed his own pride by then and done what most - perhaps himself included - would have considered unthinkable.

Kyrie Irving's acknowledgement that he phoned former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James to apologize for not understanding the pressures of leading a team got plenty of media attention on Wednesday night. "I wanted everything to be at my threshold". The Celtics man explained how he wanted things on his fingertips in Cleveland and how it was tough for LeBron to get the best out of the team.

"I wanted to be the guy that led us to a championship".

Kyrie has been in the news in the past week because of his outburst post the Orlando win, when he criticised the younger Celtics group for not having the "championship mentality". "I wanted to be all that, and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people." he added. "And it was hard for him, and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world". They're young, they don't know how to win.' They made it to the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago without him. "I've been the young guy, being a 22-year-old kid and I want everything".

"I'm always listening. I think it's important to be a listener", said Stevens, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

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He continued: "I feel like we have them talks throughout the season, but it didn't turn out that good".

But the recent olive branch extended by Irving could bring a different tenor to the upcoming All-Star weekend and fuel speculation that they could reunite one more time.

"The rebounds, the box outs, hitting guys when they're cutting through the lane", Gordon Hayward said.

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