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LeBron James gets introspective on Twitter following Kyrie Irving trade to Mavericks: ‘Maybe It’s Me’

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Heavy is the head that wears the crown.

LeBron James generally has a pleasant demeanor on social media, choosing to focus on the positive and drown out the noise. But after Kyrie Irving was dealt to the Mavericks from the Nets on Sunday, James seemed to tweet a moment of introspection.

This happened just days away from James likely breaking one of the most hallowed records in basketball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career scoring record.

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When the Irving trade rumors first surfaced, the Lakers were regularly mentioned as a suitor. Ultimately, the Mavericks came in and traded for Irving as the Lakers reportedly guarded their draft picks and sought a contract extension from Irving before making a deal.

That led to the following tweet from James:

It’s an exceptionally vague way to sad-post, reminiscent of the away messages on AIM or Myspace songs in days of yore, but it certainly sends a message to the NBA world: LeBron isn’t happy the Lakers missed out on his friend.

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The response is a far cry from James’ thoughts after the Lakers lost to the Pelicans on Saturday night, when he directed reporters to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka for Irving talk.

“That’s a Rob question,” James said when asked if Irving made the Lakers a contender, before indirectly answering. “You guys will see (Pelinka) when y’all get back to LA. I told y’all a couple of weeks ago, I don’t speak for our front office. My mindset is whatever lineup or whatever group that we have — is to make sure that we prepare ourselves to go out and win.”

Irving joins an illustrious list of almost Lakers over the past three years, including Kawhi Leonard, Myles Turner, Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic.

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The Lakers entered Sunday 25-29 and 13th in the Western Conference, two games back of the Pelicans for the West’s No. 10 seed. Their play-in hopes are still very much alive, but they’re clearly far from being a contender.

James, 38, will be a free agent in 2025, his Age 40 offseason. “Maybe It’s Me” could refer to a few different gripes, some basketball-related and some not. But the timing is certainly conspicuous with the Lakers missing out on yet another high-profile player who’s familiar with James in a down year in Los Angeles.


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