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#pounditMonday, November 29, 2021

Stephen A. Smith’s sources say LeBron James wants to beat up Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland, and he apparently had better hurry up and leave before he comes within striking distance of LeBron James.

As if the drama with the Cavaliers has not already taken enough crazy turns, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is now reporting that LeBron is so angry with Irving that he wants to beat him up. No, seriously — Smith says “sources” told him this.

“In fact, I had sources in LeBron James’ camp literally tell me, and I’m quoting, ‘If Kyrie Irving was in front of LeBron James right now, LeBron James would be tempted to beat his a–,'” Smith said Monday.

Would LeBron ever actually take a swing at Irving just because Irving no longer wants to play alongside him? We’re guessing that’s a hard no, but Smith’s “report” — if true — is indicative of how quickly the relationship between Kyrie and LeBron has deteriorated.

Initially, there were some rumblings that Irving might want to leave Cleveland if LeBron is planning to sign elsewhere next summer. But with some of the new details we have heard, it has become clear that Irving wants to get away from James. Considering the Cavs are a virtual lock to win the Eastern Conference every year, that is pretty shocking.

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