Pippen explains why Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and why he should


pippen-talksAsk different players and people around the league and you’ll get different takes on Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland. Some say it’s the natural progression for Irving, while others say it’s a mistake to not want to play alongside LeBron James.

Former NBA star Scottie Pippen believes that Irving is at the point in his career, when he has to make his own choices.

“I am a very strong supporter of what he’s doing because I’ve watched what has happened to him in his career and how things went for him in Cleveland, and I think he’s at a superstar level now that he can control his own destiny,” Pippen said at ESPN’s The Jump.

“A lot of players in our game have that opportunity and they don’t take advantage of it. I think it’s the perfect timing. Cleveland didn’t win a championship, they were right there, but there’s been a lot of things going on within that organization,” said Pippen.

He further spoke on LeBron James, who may or may not stay in Cleveland for too long, and just might try to win a championship somewhere else.

“LeBron doesn’t give those guys the security that they need, that the superstar is gonna be there and he’s gonna support us and I see Kyrie looking at the opportunity to run before LeBron runs, because there’s a lot of chatter out there that LeBron’s coming to play with the Lakers,” said Pippen.

Scottie Pippen won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990’s. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, and in 2010 became the member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

During his NBA career, Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Portland TrailBlazers.

Pippen played in a total of 1178 NBA games (1053 started), averaging 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.2 apg in 34.9 minutes per game.

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