Kyrie Irving leaving the Cavs would not be in his best interest if he wants to compete for championships. LeBron James has a choke hold on the Eastern Conference with eight trips to the NBA Finals and the way the East is currently constructed he is likely on his way to a ninth Finals. The Boston Celtics and maybe the Washington Wizards will put up resistance but they can’t beat the Cavs in a seven game series. The Sixers who are stacked on paper are still a ways away from competing if they can even stay healthy. So Kyrie staying with the Cavs gives him the best chance to win, outside of somehow forcing a trade to the Spurs.
2) LeBron’s Unselfishness:
LeBron James has been criticized his whole career for being a “pass first” player and this fits well with Kyrie’s scoring mentality. James is the best player on the team by far but he does not mind deferring to Kyrie, allowing him to take the big shot at the end of games. Kyrie will not find any other player as talented and unselfish as LeBron James. Many can raise the argument that James passes the ball too much to Kyrie and that could be attributed to James’ support of the point guard. Kyrie should not take this opportunity for granted because James makes the game easier and helps elevate the people around him.
Kyrie wants to be the focal point of the offense and that typically comes with a price. Wear and tear on the body is no joke and could seriously reduce his career. Players like Tracy McGrady can serve as an example of this, caring a team is not easy and having a little help could go a long way in terms of preserving your knees. Even if Kyrie remains healthy he could waste his talents on the wrong team, look at Carmelo Anthony and his time he spent in the Knicks purgatory being “the man”. He could spend his prime years missing the playoffs or getting bounced early in the playoffs