NBA Hall of Famer and Turner Sports analyst Charles Barkley doesn’t understand why Kyrie Irving would want to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James for a bigger role elsewhere.
“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV. “If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win.”
“When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he continued. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”
As Barkley noted, playing with any great player—he cited Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Shaquille O’Neal—means living under their proverbial shadow. But that’s the price for giving yourself a chance to win championships.
“If you get a chance to play with great players, that’s half the battle,” Barkley noted.
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Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN