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Irving is out of contract at the end of the season and could move onto pastures new to challenge for the NBA Championship. I wanted to be the leader.

Love said, "I was 22 once, too".

Boston edged Toronto in a 117-108 thriller on Wednesday, and that is a story.

The team remains one of the deepest teams on paper in the National Basketball Association.

These comments from Irving give us reason to take a deep look back into how the Cavaliers managed to lose two of the franchises greatest players all within a year. That call with James, now with the L.A. Lakers, must have helped. He even admitted that some of the team's younger players "don't know" what it's like to be a championship level team. Hayward, Al Horford and Irving each scored 18-plus points in the same game - for the first time ever in Boston while Irving dropped 27 points to go with a career-high 18 assists, fitting for a team that needed a career-defining win. But it was all pretty fair after the Celtics let a 12-point third quarter lead slip away in Orlando.

And so Irving, fresh off a frustrating performance and running out of answers, phoned the most unlikeliest of friends. "He's been there with me. Coming off an All-Star, starting, and this heck of a presence coming back and now I have to adjust my game to this guy". I want everything right now.

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"I've had a few guys shove me in my day", Ainge told Bulpett. "You've got to appreciate being out there and just competing", Irving said, per John Karalis of MLive.com. Still, if Irving is able to fix some of the fissures that have formed inside Boston's locker room the Celtics could, incredibly, have James to thank.

Mannix and Nadkarni: Is There a Growing Divide in Celtics Locker Room? He could have dismissed Brown's complaints.

"It takes a real man to go back, call somebody and be like, 'hey, man". I've been there to the championship. You've got to come in and make an impact for the minutes that you're playing out there. When your job is called upon, you've got to do it to the best of your ability. It doesn't matter who you are going against. Young guys were supposed to be at a certain point, they surpassed that. It gets tough. When it gets hard you've got to think.

"Yeah, I haven't really absorbed all of it yet. You know, they're best buddies, but it's just the heat of the battle, and I didn't have a second thought about it". With James in the picture, Irving never was going to scratch that itch in Cleveland. "So I put it on me of just being better". Eventually, they'll start to do more harm than good. The two players went through some tumultuous periods, but ultimately played key roles in helping win the Cavaliers' 2016 National Basketball Association title.

Irving also talked about his own failings as a leader this year. Turns out, there was one more.

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