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CLEVELAND – It’s been more than a month since Kyrie Irving reportedly asked the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trade, something very few have since been shy to share an opinion on.

The latest notable name to join the conversation is TNT analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who during a Tuesday interview with NBA TV called Irving’s request “stupid” while taking issue with the idea that the 4-time All-Star would no longer want to play alongside LeBron James.

“I don’t understand the Kyrie situation. This generation of players, you want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players,” Barkley said. “This notion where you want to be ‘the man,’ I just think it’s so stupid.”

You can hear the entirety Barkley’s comments in the video below.

According to ESPN, Irving asked the Cavs for a trade on July 7, in part because he “was tired of being Robin to James’ Batman.” Since then, James and Irving have seemed to trade subtle jabs at one another through social media, although neither has publicly commented on the matter.


Article Courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 News Cleveland

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