By now everyone knows that star guard Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland at least in part because he hopes to find a team where he can be the No. 1 option, where he will not be overshadowed by LeBron James.
It's a fascinating storyline that has the NBA world buzzing in debate. Irving is a 25-year-old star playing alongside the best player in the world and regularly going on deep playoff runs to the NBA Finals. It seems like a great spot to be in, yet he is yearning for something else.
A new report, in fact, highlights Wizards star John Wall as somebody Irving is envious of. Wall is not in the shadows of anyone. He is the face of a franchise and that's exactly what Irving wants.
Read this from ESPN in an article penned by Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst:
But there were ancillary issues that bothered Irving, too, such as how James' good friend Randy Mims had a position on the Cavs' staff and traveled on the team plane while none of Irving's close friends were afforded the same opportunity. Irving chafed about how peers such as Damian Lillard and John Wall were the center of their franchises and catered to accordingly. There's irony there, as Wall was envious of Irving's Nike shoe deal and Lillard has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. Irving has been to three Finals and has a championship.
There are some good points in there. Wall has a lot of what Irving wants, but also vice versa. They note the shoe deal, but Wall would love to play in three straight NBA Finals and win a ring, of course.
Regardless of what you think about Irving's goals and how they may differ from others, it's an interesting window into how even NBA superstars can see the grass as greener, no matter how attractive their own situation seemingly is.
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We're officially in the dog days of summer.
But that doesn't mean there aren't Capitals topics to touch on.
The summer is the perfect time to take a look at the latest crop of Capitals stars and that begins in Hershey.
On the latest episode of the Capitals Faceoff Podcast, Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir are joined by Bears head coach Troy Mann, who has led the Bears to two division titles and trip to the Calder Cup Finals in his first three seasons at the helm.
With prospects like Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker and Madison Bowey getting some much needed experience in Hershey, nobody knows the Capitals top prospects better than Mann.
LAter in the podcast, Jill & Tarik touch on the offseason, and how they balance vacations with work life.
The podcast wraps up with a very special shoutout to our Capitals digital producer JJ Regan and his wife, who welcomed their first child into the world last week.