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"This is the first time in my career where I can look down and be like, 'That motherf*cker can make that shot too," Irving said at the time of his Brooklyn Nets teammate Kevin Durant. Many took the remarks as a jab towards James, who he played with for three seasons on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The duo also won a championship together after famously climbing back from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors in 2016.
"It kinda hurt me a little bit," James said of Irving's comments.
"I was a little like, damn. Once I got the whole transcript I was like, damn. I wasn't like, 'ohh you tripping I been making shots my whole life [...] the whole time I was there [on the Cavs] I only wanted to see him be MVP of our league. I only cared about his success and it just didn't align... and we was able to win a championship, that's the craziest thing. We were still able to win a championship and we could never align but I only cared about his well being, both on and off the floor."