LeBron James and Kyrie Irving accomplished one of the greatest feats the NBA has ever seen in the 2016 NBA Finals. On the verge of being eliminated, the pair scored a combined 105 points over the following two games before having some huge clutch plays late in Game 7.
Even today, the NBA community still talks a lot about this particular incident. The Warriors were a 73-9 team at the height of their powers when the Cavaliers not only won that series, but they also came back from the dead.
Stephen Curry on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving
It was a truly exceptional performance, as even Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who was on the receiving end of that incredible comeback, can’t help but acknowledge.
“I’ve never seen two guys play at that level for three straight games. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Bron and Kyrie were just on…I mean we played well, they just played better,” Curry said.
James and Irving could be open to a reunion
Kyrie Irving quickly forced his way out and signed with the Celtics shortly after that. Nobody has truly thought of a scenario where these are playing together again since then. But with the most recent developments in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, it is now a definite possibility.
“You know with that story coming out yesterday, there’s pressure coming from somewhere. There’s pressure coming from somewhere. And with LeBron’s comments about Kyrie… Look, I don’t know why LeBron said what he said about Kyrie yesterday. About how it’s time to bring him back in the league. Maybe he just said it because he believes and there’s nothing else to it. I can tell you around the league and even within the Lakers, some corners of it, those comments were read as LeBron opening the door to… At least opening the door to ‘Hey, if you all are comfortable with it and all the blowback it would be, and the Nets are willing to just get out of the business now of Kyrie Irving so we can get him for much cheaper, not both picks, maybe one pick… I don’t even know how to construct a Kyrie Irving trade right now for nine million different… Maybe [Kyrie] never meets those conditions and they waive him? It was read around the league as LeBron indicating, ‘If you guys want to consider it, I’m not going to stand in your way,'” ESPN’s Zach Lowe said.
Only time will tell if LeBron and Irving will collaborate in Los Angeles, but things currently seem to be moving in that direction. The NBA is in for a tough task if their new alliance is anything like their previous one. LeBron, Kyrie, and AD holding down the fort for the Lakers could make them a real team to fear even with him in his current condition.