If Hugh Freeze isn’t the subject of conversation among sports fans in this final week of July, then it’s probably Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.
The former Duke guard dropped a bomb last Friday when he said he wanted to be traded and provided a list of teams that he is interested in playing for next season. While the reaction to that has been rather loud, new Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman played it cool during his introductory press conference Wednesday.
“I think a lot of it’s been overblown,” Altman said according to NESN.com. “I think a lot of people who are in this building every day haven’t seen any of that animosity. Along with Kevin Love, this is a group that has gotten us to three straight Finals and won an NBA championship together.
“They play great together on the floor, and a lot of that I do think is overblown. We haven’t seen a lot of this animosity that’s sort of been out there in the media.”
"I think of lot it has been overblown…"
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Irving was a freshman star at Duke before heading to the NBA and was selected No. 1 overall by Cleveland in 2011. He has played his entire career with the Cavaliers.
Since LeBron James returned to Cleveland, the Cavaliers have been to three straight NBA Finals and won it all in 2016. Irving hit the game-winning shot of that series in Game 7.