Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving made waves recently when he told reporters after a game that he called LeBron James to apologize for being a hard-headed kid when the duo played together in Cleveland.
The story was noteworthy after Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers and pushed away questions about James for most of last year, particularly given how readily Irving offered up the nugget (he had not been asked about James at the time).
“He’s been in this situation,” Irving said. “He’s been there with me, where I’ve been the young guy, been the 22-year-old kid, wanting everything, wanting everything right now.”
But the noise quickly faded away apart from a few isolated Los Angeles Lakers fans who hoped this meant they would acquire Irving in the offseason, since there wasn’t much to follow up on.
James isn’t helping matters. On Friday, he posted a pair of videos to his Instagram story in which he sang Fetty Wap’s “Rewind” with Irving tagged in the caption.
The second video featured the following part of the song: “I know you’re with him now but soon you will be mine / If I could bring it back, I’ll probably press rewind.”
So there’s that.
Kyrie Irving likely is not going to the Lakers this offseason for a host of reasons, not the least of which being his success as the main star on a team. Irving will start the 2019 All-Star game, and his numbers have bordered on the MVP discussion (or at least, they would if James Harden wasn’t lighting the league on fire).
But the Lakers — and especially the Lakers with LeBron James — can drive rumors like no one else in the league. James knows this, and you can bet he knew exactly the reaction his videos would get. He knew posts like this one would exist. He is playing 3-D chess, while those of us writing about him are playing Yahtzee with three dice.
So whether or not Irving heads west in the offseason, James has successfully turned the spotlight back onto the Lakers. If that was his goal, and it certainly seems to have been, he’s very good at it.