Kyrie Irving is excited to play with LeBron James.
There is no reason to doubt this. Irving has said multiple times on the record how happy LeBron signing in Cleveland made him, and there’s also the common-sense argument. Who wouldn’t want to play with LeBron?
But LeBron also brings a level of attention Irving, who has never made the playoffs, hadn’t experience before – and that has drawbacks.
Irving, via Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:
“The excitement has kind of died down, because I’m getting asked this question a whole bunch,” he said with a chuckle Wednesday at another LeBron query. “Like I can’t smile anymore when I say, ‘I’m pretty happy.'”
Thankfully for Irving, there’s a cure for LeBron fatigue – playing with LeBron.
When he gets more room in the pick-and-roll because LeBron is setting the screen, Irving will smile. When he gets less flack for his defense because LeBron is helping to apply pressure, Irving will smile. When he’s sitting in the locker room after wins, Irving will smile.
In the end, all these LeBron questions will be well worth the upside. Irving knows that, even if he’s dealing with the downside right now.