Kyrie and LeBron's public flirtation is really starting to get annoying


At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, all of this Kyrie-LeBron stuff is really starting to get annoying. Irving is toying with the fans he once promised he would re-sign with the Celtics. That’s not cool.

Despite missing the last two-and-a-half games with a knee injury, Irving suited up for Team LeBron in the NBA All-Star Game Sunday. He played 25 minutes in the 178-164 affair, putting up 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists. His fourth quarter alley-oop to LeBron, with whom he’s recently reconciled, was the most memorable moment of the otherwise forgettable evening.

Kyrie finds LeBron........ --

— Overtime (@overtime) February 18, 2019

Irving publicly reintroduced LeBron into his orbit last month, when he told reporters he had recently called his ex-teammate-turned-enemy-turned-mentor-again to apologize for his selfish behavior early in his career. The message was interpreted as a jab at the younger players on the Celtics, who were reportedly grumbling about playing time and changing roles.

LeBron followed up Irving’s revelation with an Instagram video set to Fetty Wap’s “Memories.” In the video, LeBron tagged –– you guessed it –– Kyrie. How cool is that?

These guys must’ve set the most passive aggressive AIM away messages, huh? 

Earlier this month, Irving further stoked the free agent flames when he told the media to check with him about his plans on July 1 before adding he doesn’t “owe anybody bleep.” That’s quite a change from promising Celtics season-ticket holders he would re-sign here, if they were kind enough to have him.

Around the same time, Anthony Davis’ agent Rich Paul was brazenly trying to force his client to join the Lakers, where he would team up with Rich Paul-client LeBron James. The Celtics reportedly believe Paul was planting reports about Irving’s fascination with the Knicks, in an apparent effort to dissuade Davis from becoming infatuated with Boston. 

In the days leading up to the trade deadline, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher also cited a “source close to Irving” who said the star point guard would be open to reuniting with LeBron in LA. 

Players can play where they want, but this kind of manipulation is tough to get behind. It’s apparent that one agent and his very powerful client are trying to manicure the NBA landscape to their liking, with Davis and Irving serving as the two most prominent pieces.

Even if Irving isn’t at the center of this seeming effort, he’s not distancing himself. Over the weekend, he told reporters his relationship with LeBron is “none of their business,” despite his original statement about the phone call. Remember, we’re only talking about Kyrie and LeBron because of that disclosure. 

Meanwhile, LeBron spoke expansively Saturday about his conversation with Kyrie, saying it was great to “see his growth.”

At this point, one must wonder if this was some coordinated effort from the LeBron and Kyrie camps –– good cop and bad cop, if you will. Good thing we only have –– *checks calendar* –– four more months of this. Make it stop.