Mario Chalmers Says Kyrie Irving Has Adjusting To Do With LeBron
If you’re sensing a pattern, you’re right.
Chris Bosh recently gave his thoughts on how new Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will have to adjust to playing with LeBron James and his new talented team, and now Mario Chalmers weighs in on the transition for Kyrie Irving as LeBron’s new point guard.
Chalmers started as the Miami Heat point guard during LeBron’s four-year tenure and received his fair share of open abuse on the floor from both LeBron and Dwayne Wade. He shared his thoughts on Kyrie’s adjustment with Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
LeBron is a dominant player so if he feels like something is not going his way, he’s going to say something about it. For Kyrie, he’s going to have to adjust to that and LeBron is going to have to adjust to Kyrie. It’s going to be a different factor for Kyrie.
A different factor indeed, because Kyrie Irving is a different player than Mario Chalmers. Irving is an All-Star and elite playmaker, one that I expect LeBron will have more fervent trust in as the best point guard he’s played with by far since entering the NBA. The dynamic is different with Love/Bosh too, which is apparent when you consider the frameworks of LeBron’s Big 3 in Miami as compared to his new Big 3 in Cleveland.
Players, leaders, and high-IQ guys like LeBron want to play the game the right way all the time. That perfectionist standard isn’t easy to adhere to when you don’t share that obsession.
We’ll be able to compare Kyrie’s struggles with LeBron to Chalmers’ in no time.