Richard Jefferson on Kyrie Irving: ‘At some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability’

Kyrie Irving’s trade request was a surprise to many people around the league, including Irving’s teammate Richard Jefferson. Jefferson, who hosts the Road Trippin podcast with Channing Frye, on LeBron James’ Uninterrupted network, learned about Irving’s trade request while recording his podcast.

Here is Jefferson’s take on the trade request:

“This is what I will say about this, and by the time this gets out, whenever we air this in a few days: I don’t know. I don’t think that there’s a power struggle, like, with LeBron and Kyrie, Kev. I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid. Really, really smart. Doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is, and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, seeing Griff(GM David Griffin) leave, the amount of coaches . . .

I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever wanted to ever really fully- he’s the number one pick right after LeBron, then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there’s trade rumors, now its ‘LeBron’s leaving’.

It’s like, at some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability. Even if it’s the unknown, and I’m not saying – I don’t know if he asked to be traded, I don’t know this. But I will say that he’s had a tougher time if you look at, from start to where we are right now, of the ups and downs of a franchise more than most. Even though we’ve been successful, and even though we’ve won a championship and he’s been an All-Star, there’s still a so much of a wave, and to be like ‘Yo, we’re going to sit here for a whole year on whether or not LeBron’s coming back.’ That’s gotta be tough on anybody, everybody.”

If LeBron James leaves Cleveland, the organization would be in transition. You can’t blame Irving for not wanting to be apart of another rebuild in Cleveland. Plus, if Irving wants to be the top dog, he can’t be that in Cleveland as long as LeBron is there.

Is Irving using whatever power he may have to find the perfect situation for his career? Does Irving no something about LeBron’s future?

Whatever it is, the Cavaliers will probably look a little different next season. 



Cavs’ Richard Jefferson: ‘The pressure is all on them(Warriors)’

The Cavaliers were down 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals, and they won it in seven. Currently, Cleveland is down 3-1 in the 2017 NBA Finals. Can they do it again? While the Cavs are the defending champions, Richard Jefferson believes the pressure is all on the Warriors:

“It’s not on us. Where’s the pressure on us? They had a 73-win team and they added a former MVP (Durant). We added Kyle Korver and Deron Williams. They added an MVP to a 73-win team after being up 3-1 and then KD was up 3-1. The pressure is all on them. We’re the defending champs. We believe that we have enough here to win a championship. We haven’t played great thus far, but there’s no pressure on us. There never has. There’s never been that. It’s been about them proving that last year was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it’s been validated, but, no. We feel very comfortable.”

I actually believe the pressure is on the Warriors. In the NBA, the best team usually wins. Barring a miracle, the best team will win this series. Unfortunately, for Cleveland, the best team in the NBA is the Golden State Warriors.

Kyrie Irving on Lonzo Ball: ‘We’re all going to come at him’

Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving was a guest on the Road Trippin podcast on Interrupted, which is hosted by his teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

On the show, Irving gave his thoughts on LaVar and Lonzo Ball’s relationship:

“I’m sorry, LaVar, you’re not going to be in every hotel room that Lonzo is going to be in. You’re not going to be everywhere, and part of his life as he continues to grow up. You got to let go. He’s 19-years old. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want it to bypass him being a father, but he’s got to let Lonzo be Lonzo for the long haul.”

Also, Irving talked about how players are going to come at Lonzo during his rookie season:

“We’re going to go at him because he’s going to be a rookie,” Irving said. “He’s coming into the point guard position. That right there is … I mean, you think about it, you go through the top 10 point guards in the league, no matter what LaVar says or what he believes, we’re all going to come at him, and that’s just competition outright.”

Can’t wait for the first Ball-Irving matchup!