It’s too late for Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. The All-Star point guard has already requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. His marriage to James, barely one year removed from a title, will have no happy ending.
It doesn’t have to be like this for every player and team on breakup watch. Just as the Cavaliers could have done more—or even the bare minimum—to juggle the egos of Irving and James, other squads faced with delicate situations have time to figure out and execute solutions.
Granted, this isn’t true for everyone. The New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, for instance, have no shot at reconciliation. Their timelines haven’t aligned for a while, and the organization allowed, if not empowered, former president Phil Jackson to drag Anthony’s name through sludge for the better part of 18 months.
This counseling session is not for those hopeless cases. It’s for the stars and teams who haven’t yet obliterated goodwill beyond repair, even though they’re on rocky ground thanks to contract situations and/or rumors of mild displeasure and wandering eyes.
Our mission is simple: Find out what these teams and players can or must do to salvage their alliance before it reaches the point of no return.