Charles Barkley not buying Kyrie Irving's leadership comments

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving called former teammate LeBron James to apologize for "being that young player" when both were in Cleveland.

A couple days later he said he'd never call out his teammates like that again, but his team hasn't disputed anything he said.

Kyrie Irving made a startling admission last night after the win against the Raptors, wherein he told the media that he had called LeBron and apologised to him over the phone. While we said that showed his character growth, others see the other side - that Irving is calling out the young players. But this thing like, "I called LeBron because he taught me how to be a leader" - well then be a leader. "It seemed like he was saying, "We're losing because of these guys, they're young, they don't know how to win".

"What that brought me back to was like, all right how do I get the best out of this group with the success that they had previous year, and then helping them realize what it takes to win a championship?" I wanted to be all that, and the responsibility of being the best in the world and leading your team is something that is not meant for many people. "And it was hard for him, and sometimes getting the most out of the group is not the easiest thing in the world". "Young guys who can play, guys who did things in their career, the group that was together previous year, then you bring Kyrie (Irving) and (Gordon) Hayward back, it's a lot with it".

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"I did a poor job of setting an example for these guys of what it's like to get something out of your teammates", Irving said Wednesday.

ARON BAYNES returned Wednesday from a broken hand. "I think they were just sick of me asking".

Many looked at Irving's statement as an acknowledgment that his desire to be the focal point of a contender was misguided and led to the dissolution of a contender too soon.

"The rebounds, the box outs, hitting guys when they're cutting through the lane", Gordon Hayward said.